Ford recalled more than 1.8 million Explorer SUVs due to a potential safety hazard with a part connected to the windshield, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA).
Federal safety regulators published Recall Report 24V-031 on January 23 after receiving reports of the safety issue affecting all Explorer models from 2011 to 2019.
A detached trim piece could potentially fall off the vehicle, becoming a road hazard and increasing the risk of a crash, NHTSA says in the recall letter.
The agency says some of the exterior A-pillar trim clip attachments were not properly installed during assembly or repair, allowing the trim to detach.
“SUV owners may visually detect gaps around a loose A-pillar trim or detect an audible rattle and/or excessive wind noise from the A-pillar area,” the agency notice says.
Dealers will inspect and replace the A-pillar trim, if needed, at no cost. Ford expects to mail letters notifying owners of the safety risk on March 13.