WASHINGTON - Ford Motor Co. is recalling 33,256 MY2010 Fusion, Explorer, Explorer Sport Trac, Mercury Milan and Mercury Mountaineer vehicles.
The recalled vehicles were manufactured between Dec. 15, 2009 and Feb. 2, 2010, and they are equipped with front seat manual recliners. There's a risk that the front seats and head rests may collapse back during a crash.
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, these vehicles may fail to comply with federal safety standards for head restraints. The recliner gear plate teeth may be out of dimension specification, which could result in limited pawl-to-gear plate tooth engagement. In the event of a crash, the seat back and head restraint may move rearward, increasing the risk of injury, the NHTSA said.
Dealers will replace the manual recliners for both power and manual seats free of charge. For more information, contact Ford at (866) 436-7332.