Ford recalling thousands of Calumet Region-made Explorers

Ford is recalling Explorers made at the Chicago Assembly Plant in Hegewisch.

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Ford is recalling Explorer SUVs made at the Chicago Assembly Plant in Hegewisch last year.

The Dearborn, Michigan-based automaker is recalling 202,274 2016 Ford F-150 and 2016 Ford Explorer for safety fixes at dealerships. Ford said Explorer SUVs built at the Chicago Assembly Plant between Jan. 22, 2016, to April 19, 2016, have front seat adjuster assemblies in the front power seats that can come loose.

"In affected vehicles, the upper left-hand pivot bolt for the front power seat adjuster may loosen or fall out," Ford said in a statement. "A front seat cushion with a missing upper left-hand pivot bolt may experience increased movement in a crash and not properly restrain occupants, increasing the risk of injury."

No one has yet been reported hurt or injured because of the defect, according to the automaker.

But Ford urges Explorer owners to bring the affected vehicles into their neighborhood dealerships, where mechanics will test the torque of the power seat track's upper pivot link bolt. 

If it passes, they will still clean the bolt and apply new threadlock.

"If the bolt fails the torque inspection, threadlock will be added and the bolt will be reinstalled as an interim repair for sold units until the final repair is available," Ford said in the statement. "The final repair will include replacement of the lift link with new bushings and fasteners. All repairs will be performed at no cost to the customer."

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