Ford issues four safety recalls, one for Canada-only

Ford has recalled 1.2 million Explorers because of a rear suspension defect

Ford has recalled 1.2 million Explorers because of a rear suspension defect

That can limit steering control.

Vehicles recalled: 2011-17 Ford Explorer built at the Chicago assembly plant from May 17, 2010, to January 25, 2017. Affected vehicles were built at the Chicago Assembly Plant from May 17, 2010, to January 25, 2017.

The automaker said that a rear toe link that can break and reduce steering control.

At least one customer reported a failure, which led to the vehicle hitting a curb, though no injuries have been associated with the condition.

Ford announced the recalls Wednesday, saying that dealers would contact owners of the SUVs and trucks.

The Ford Motor Company recalled about 1.2 million Explorers because a rear suspension problem could compromise steering, putting drivers at risk of crashing.

In May, it announced a recall of almost 273,000 Ford Fusion and Ranger pickup trucks in North America that could roll away if the gear is not in "park" mode.

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Ford also is recalling 123,000 2013 F-150 pickups for a second time to stop transmissions from unintentionally downshifting into first gear.

A safety recall on 12,000 vehicles - select 2010 to 2017 models of Ford Taurus, 2009 to 2017 models of Ford Flex, 2009 to 2015 models of Lincoln MKS and 2010 models of Lincoln MKT - also for a suspension defect.

Ford said the powertrain control module software used to service the vehicles was incomplete and did not have the necessary updates to prevent a potential unintended downshift into first gear.

Anyone affected by any of the above-listed recalls should take their vehicle into a dealer for repairs.

Earlier this year, Ford recalled 953,000 vehicles, including 782,000 in the United States, as part of the Takata airbag inflator recall.

The largest of the four recalls mostly covers vehicles in the United States. Explorers built between 2011 and 2017 are subject to the recall.

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