Ford is recalling certain E-Series vans for faulty seat brackets and seat track worm gear failure. Ford is recalling certain 2011 E-150, E-250, E-350, and E-450 vehicles for a faulty driver’s seat track component in the front assembly for power adjust.
The automaker indicates that in the event of an accident the worm gear found on electric seats may fracture and cause the seat to slide forward and back unrestrained freely, increasing the chances for injury. No injuries have been reported arising out of this the issue. Dealers will inspect the seat track components and if needed, replace it free of charge.
According to the car maker:
- Certain model year E-150, E-250, E-350 and E-450 trucks have failed to comply with the requirements of Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard No. 207, “Seating Systems”
- It is possible that under unusually high loads such as in a crash, the driver power seat track worm gear may fracture
- When a worm gear fractures it allows the seat to shift forward or backward increasing the risk and severity of injuries to the driver
Dealers will inspect the driver’s seat track assembly, and if necessary, replace it free of cost to the consumer. Ford’s Recall Campaign Number is 11C16.
The number of vehicles potentially affected by the recall is 192 produced between March 7th and March 23rd 2011. The safety recall is expected to begin in the 1st week of May, 2011.