Consumer Alert: Ford Issues Recall on More Than 770,000 Explorer SUVs

2016 Ford Explorer

The 2016 Ford Explorer is unveiled during the Los Angeles Auto Show on Wednesday, Nov. 19, 2014. (AP Photo/Chris Carlson)

This is an On Your Side Consumer Alert: Ford Motor Company is recalling about 774,696 Ford Explorer vehicles because of a seized cross-axis ball joint that may cause a fractured rear suspension toe link.

2013-2017 Explorers are included in the recall.

Impacted vehicles may experience a clunk noise, unusual handling, or a misaligned rear wheel.

Fracture of a rear toe link significantly diminishes steering control, increasing the risk of a crash.

Ford says it is aware of reports of six injuries in North America.

Owner notifications will begin the week of Aug. 23. Dealers will inspect the cross-axis ball joint, replace the cross-axis ball joint/knuckle as necessary and replace the toe links with a revised design part, according to the company.

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