Ford Motor Company is recalling 482,520 model year 2018-2020 F-150s and model year 2019-2020 F-250s, F-350s, F-450s, & F-550s, and model year 2018-2019 Ford Explorers and model year 2019-2020 Expeditions with driver and/or passenger's manual front seat back recliner mechanisms.
Also included are model year 2020 Ford Explorers & Lincoln Aviators with rear outboard seats and manual seat back recliner mechanisms.
The recliner mechanisms may be missing the third pawl required for seat back strength, resulting in a loose seat back.
A seat back with an improperly assembled recliner mechanism may have reduced strength and may not adequately restrain an occupant in a crash, increasing the risk of injury.
What to do
Ford will notify owners, and Ford and Lincoln dealers will inspect the seat structure and replace them, as necessary, free of charge.
The recall is expected to begin October 7, 2019.
Owners may contact Ford customer service at (866) 436-7332. Ford's number for this recall is 19C07.