DETROIT (AP) – Ford Motor Co. is recalling more than a quarter of a million Explorer SUVs in the United States because they may roll unexpectedly when moved to park.
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The recall affects certain 2020 to 2022 Explorers equipped with 2.3-liter engines, as well as the 3- and 3.3-liter hybrids and the 3-liter ST. Also included are the 2020 and 2021 Explorer Police hybrids and those with 3.3-liter gasoline engines.
Documents released Friday by US safety regulators indicate that a rear axle mounting bolt may fracture and cause the driveshaft to disconnect. If this happens, SUVs may roll even if placed in park, without the parking brake activated.
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Documents say Ford has 235 warranty claims due to the issue. The company claims to have no knowledge of any accidents or injuries.
Depending on the model, dealers will replace a bushing and the axle cover, or they will update the electronic parking brake software. Owners will be notified by mail starting June 6.
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