- Ford is recalling 1,666 2021 Bronco Sport models over improperly attached rear suspension parts.
- Loose or missing bolts mean that the rear suspension on some vehicles isn’t secured to the frame.
- Ford botched the launch of the Explorer in 2019, when thousands of vehicles had to be sent to another factory to be reworked.
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The rollout of the much-anticipated 2021 Ford Bronco has hit a speed bump.
“Affected 2021 Ford Bronco Sport vehicles were produced with rear suspension modules that may not be fully secured to the subframe. Rear suspension modules with loose or missing bolts may affect the vehicle’s stability, increasing risk of an accident, and may result in reduced rear impact crash performance, increasing the risk of injury,” the carmaker said in a press release.
Ford said the affected vehicles were built at its Hermosillo, Mexico plant between July and November of last year. It’s not aware of the faulty bolts causing any incidents or injuries.
In January, Ford recalled a small number of Bronco Sports and other models for not having the right amount of lubricant in the rear drive unit, which could cause the rear axle to seize.
The back-to-back recalls have echoes of the Blue Oval’s notoriously bungled launch of the new Ford Explorer in 2019. Ford had spent roughly $1 billion upgrading a plant in Chicago to build the Explorer, but still thousands of models had to be sent to a factory in Michigan “for rework,” Bloomberg reported in 2019. By the time they reached customers, many Explorers suffered from quality issues.
However, the recalls are bumps in the road for an otherwise smooth rollout of one of Ford’s most highly anticipated vehicles to date.
The rugged SUV – which sports multiple models, lots of customization options, removable doors and roof panels, and vintage charm – quickly raked in a huge amount of reservations and very well may steal some of the Jeep Wrangler’s thunder in the off-road space.