Recall alert: Ford issues 2 safety recalls affecting Taurus, Explorer, Edge models

Recall alert: Ford issues 2 safety recalls affecting Taurus, Explorer, Edge models
Ford said it issued two recalls for nearly 26,000 models built between 2013 and 2015. (David Zalubowski/Associated Press, File)

DEARBORN, Mich. — The Ford Motor Company on Friday issued two safety recalls for more than 28,000 vehicles in North America, the company said.

The recalls involve selected 2014 through 2016 Taurus and Explorer models, and Edge vehicles built during 2014, WXYZ reported.

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The second recall was for 2020 Explorer and Lincoln Aviator models, according to Car and Driver.

Ford’s announcement comes four days after General Motors announced the recall of more than 217,000 cars and SUVs because of a transmission oil can leak that causes the vehicles to stop moving or even catch fire.

In its announcement Friday, Ford said the first recall was due to the link shaft bracket fracturing after long-term use, brought on by vehicle vibrations, WXYZ reported. The fracture could lead to a loss of power while driving or cause the parking function to malfunction, causing the vehicle to roll while in park, Car and Driver reported.

Dealers will replace the link shaft bracket, WXYZ reported. The Ford reference number for this recall is 20S63.

The recall affects 15,587 vehicles in the U.S. and federal territories and 367 in Canada.

The second recall of the 2020 models, which affects 12,298 vehicles in the U.S. and Canada, is for a driveshaft that could fracture along a welding seam, causing either unintentional vehicle movement or a loss of power when driving, Car and Driver reported.

The driveshaft problem affects 12,298 Aviator and Explorer SUVs with 10,905 of them in the US.

Ford said that it has identified 18 vehicles that have the defective driveshaft, the magazine reported. In a news release, Ford also said that it is unaware of any accidents that have resulted from either of the recalled parts.

Consumers can go to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration website or NHTSA’s new recall app to see if their vehicle is involved in the recall.