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Ford recalls 1.3 million vehicles for suspension, transmission issues

Ford is recalling more than 1.3 million vehicles mostly in North America to repair rear suspension and transmission control software problems.

The largest recall covers more than 1.2 million Explorer SUVs from 2011 through 2017. Ford states a rear suspension toe link can break if the suspension relocates a lot. That can limit steering control. One customer reported running into a curb when a link broke, but Ford states it’s not aware of any injuries.

Dealers are going to replace the left and right toe links, that keep weight on the tires.

The Explorer recall is going to cost Ford an estimated $180 million that will show up in the company’s second-quarter results, Ford stated in a filing with U.S. securities regulators.

Ford also is recalling 123,000 2013 F-150 pickups for yet another time to stop transmissions from unintentionally downshifting into first gear. The recall spans pickups with 5-liter and 6.2-liter gas engines. An earlier software update didn’t work.

Dealers will update details on the issue again.

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