Ford Recalls More Than 200,000 F-150s and Explorers with Loose Seats

The carmaker says bolts could be necessary to keep riders properly restrained in a crash.

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Ford is recalling more than 200,000 2016 F-150 and Explorers because of loose front power seats.

The recall issued on Friday involves vehicles with front power seat adjusters that could loosen or fall out. Front seat cushions missing an upper-left-hand pivot bolt could also increase movement in an accident, leaving riders at risk of being improperly restrained, which can, of course, increase the risk of injury.

The impacted models include approximately 202,274 2016 Ford F-150 and Ford Explorers built between Jan. 22, 2016, and April 19, 2016, according to a company news release. The count includes 177,264 in the U.S., 22,620 in Canada and 2,390 in Mexico.

Consumers can take affected vehicles to a dealer for tests and any needed reports, the automaker said. Any repair work would be done at no cost to the owner.

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Ford said the company was not aware of any accidents or injuries as a result of the faulty power seats.

Owners will be notified starting Jan. 8, Ford said in its release.

In January, Ford called the F-series the best-selling vehicle of any kind in the U.S. for 35 years.

The latest safety recall follows one issued in mid-October by Ford for 1.3 million trucks across North America affecting 2016 to 2017 model year F-150s and 2017 model year Super Duty trucks to fix door latches at risk of freezing in cold weather.