This version of Ford Explorer's refinement and handling didn't match that of its newer car-based competitors. A mild freshening brought some improvements -- and created new annoyances. Ride comfort, noise suppression, and interior fit and finish were behind the times. On the plus side, the interior is roomy and flexible, and towing capability is strong. Curtain airbags are standard.
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There are 3 recalls on this vehicle. Learn More.

Reliability

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Reliability indicates how models have performed in the past, providing the basis for predicting how the vehicles will hold up in the year ahead. These charts provide the most comprehensive reliability information available to consumers. Based on information received from our latest subscriber survey for about 329,000 vehicles, our reliability history charts give you a rundown on how 2000 through 2020 vehicles are holding up in 17 potential trouble spots, ranging from the engine, transmission, and brakes to power equipment and the electrical system. NA indicates that we did not receive a large enough sample size to provide data for a specific year. An X indicates that the vehicle was not manufactured for a specific year.

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Owner Reported Trouble Spots

The Reliability score is based on our latest subscriber survey of 2007 Ford Explorer owners. The owner comments describe problems respondents experienced with this vehicle.

Electric System

Alternator, starter, hybrid battery and related systems, regular battery, battery cables, engine harness, coil, ignition switch, electronic ignition, distributor or rotor failure, spark plugs and wires failure.

What Owners Say

12V power plug

"It stays on even after the vehicle is shut off. GP{S drains the battery if I don't unplug it. Bad design"

Kelly D., VA (2007 Ford Explorer XLT 4.0-L V6)
Cruise control

"Just recently it seems to havve quite working"

Anonymous, AZ (2007 Ford Explorer XLT 4.0-L V6)
Exterior lights (other than headlights)

"rear turn sig. somtimes works ,sometimes dont"

Charles E., NV (2007 Ford Explorer Limited 4.6-L V8)

"left taillight and back up lights keep failing"

Marie B., CA (2007 Ford Explorer XLT 4.0-L V6)

"lights burnt out - not a big deal"

Anonymous, NV (2007 Ford Explorer XLT 4.0-L V6)
Gauges

"the lights behind the gauges quit working had to replace the entire instrument cluster to repair"

Bruce F., IA (2007 Ford Explorer Limited 4.0-L V6)
Interior lights

"when driving if I hit a bump in the road the interior lights will come on for up to 30-45 seconds. Not a problem during the day, but at night it is dangerous because it makes the interior cabin too bright"

Anonymous, VA (2007 Ford Explorer XLT 4.0-L V6)

"My interior lights near my dashboard go on and off randomly. Dealer says I have a short but never fixes it!"

Janet V., CA (2007 Ford Explorer XLT 4.0-L V6)
Tire pressure monitor

"after driving any distance of about 45 minutes duration the warning display has this message: "Tire pressure fault" Local garage says it is a bad sensor, but there is no way to determine which sensor so the only way to eliminate the problem is to replace ALL four sensors"

Anonymous, VA (2007 Ford Explorer XLT 4.0-L V6)

"Frequent warnings of tire monitor failure, somewhat feel that the aluminum wheels may be oart of the problem, as the vehicle gets older"

Thomas A., MI (2007 Ford Explorer XLT 4.0-L V6)

"I had a flat tire which could not be fixed so I had to buy 4 new tires. Obviously while the spare was on, the tire sensor default light was coming on. I bought new tires and the sensor still continues to come on when I drive over a bumpy road. Some"

Janet V., CA (2007 Ford Explorer XLT 4.0-L V6)

"The tire pressure monitors appear to fail periodically, so I'm now ignoring the flashing indicator and living with it. It's easier and cheaper to monitor the tire pressure myself."

Ken O., ID (2007 Ford Explorer XLT 4.0-L V6)
Warning lights

"Tire pressure monitor light comes on at highway speeds after 15-20 minutes of operation. Remove items from passenger seat light comes on if passenger seat is empty."

Anonymous, MA (2007 Ford Explorer Eddie Bauer 4.0-L V6)
Wiper motor or washer

"replaced the motor on the wiper on rear window"

Anonymous, OH (2007 Ford Explorer Limited 4.0-L V6)

"The rear wiper motor appears to die every few years. I used to buy rebuilt motors, big mistake, as they only last about 6 months. Replaced with a new motor 6 months ago and haven't had a problem since, still running strong."

Ken O., ID (2007 Ford Explorer XLT 4.0-L V6)

Climate System

Blower (fan) motor, A/C compressor, condenser, evaporator, heater system, automatic climate control, refrigerant leakage, electrical failure.

What Owners Say

A/C compressor

"Replaced a/c tubing an recharge system"

Scottie M., VA (2007 Ford Explorer XLT 4.0-L V6)
Automatic climate control

"Blows heat out passenger side when ac should be blowing"

Anonymous, IL (2007 Ford Explorer Eddie Bauer 4.0-L V6)

"When the AC is on, one side blows hot air"

Jeff R., MI (2007 Ford Explorer Eddie Bauer 4.0-L V6)

"Vacuum motors contolling the dual system had to be replaced"

David C., AZ (2007 Ford Explorer Limited 4.6-L V8)

"one of the mix flow motors needed to be replaced"

Russell F., MA (2007 Ford Explorer Eddie Bauer 4.0-L V6)

"The passenger side controls changed from air to heat as we are driving. Had actuator changed and it still does not work."

Jeff R., MI (2007 Ford Explorer Eddie Bauer 4.0-L V6)
Blower (fan) motor

"the blower will only blow through the windshield defrost vents"

Anonymous, TX (2007 Ford Explorer XLT 4.0-L V6)
Heated or cooled seat controls

"Drivers heated seat failed. While FORD warranty includes all electrical items, again warranty would not cover this issue"

Anonymous, KY (2007 Ford Explorer Eddie Bauer 4.0-L V6)
Heater system

"Motor will not change from a/c to heat"

Scottie M., VA (2007 Ford Explorer XLT 4.0-L V6)
Refrigerant leaks

"three leaks. one will require the removal of the dash board to repair"

Anonymous, TX (2007 Ford Explorer XLT 4.0-L V6)

"Bad radiator and a cracked plastic support"

Colleen L., MA (2007 Ford Explorer XLT 4.0-L V6)

"needed to replace evaporator hose after 66000 miles"

Anonymous, MS (2007 Ford Explorer XLT 4.6-L V8)

"Every spring for the last three years, I've had to put in refrigerant in the AC."

Anonymous, MA (2007 Ford Explorer Eddie Bauer 4.0-L V6)

Transmission Major

Transmission rebuild or replacement, torque converter, clutch replacement.

What Owners Say

Transmission rebuild or replacement

"My Explorer had been slipping in and out hard with a change of gears well before the 60,000 warantee was up. I had it checked numerous times by the dealer, but was told it wasn't an issue. I bought the car knowing full well Explorers have transmission problems once they age. So when it failed, I was prepared for it"

Anonymous, CA (2007 Ford Explorer XLT 4.0-L V6)

"I bought the car used and almost immediately it needed a transmission overhaul"

George O., OK (2007 Ford Explorer XLT 4.0-L V6)

"Transmission totally went out and i had to have a new transmission installed"

Anonymous, FL (2007 Ford Explorer XLT 4.0-L V6)

"transmission slipped. was told I had lost 3rd gear due to broken band. required complete transmission overhaul"

David B., PA (2007 Ford Explorer Eddie Bauer 4.0-L V6)

"not shifting properly....like a lag time between shifting and a "clunk""

Anonymous, FL (2007 Ford Explorer Eddie Bauer 4.0-L V6)

"rough shifting and slipping out of gear when shifting"

George O., OK (2007 Ford Explorer XLT 4.0-L V6)

"replaced transmission"

Deborah C., NJ (2007 Ford Explorer Eddie Bauer 4.0-L V6)

"The transmission is too small for the size car it is. It can not take the towing of trailors cross-country. Ford had a larger or stronger transmission that fits the 4L V6 which should have been installed originally"

St Jeor V., MN (2007 Ford Explorer XLT 4.0-L V6)

"Transmission case cracked so it had to be replaced"

Anonymous, NB (2007 Ford Explorer Eddie Bauer 4.0-L V6)

"2nd transmission issue. Transmission was completely replaced in 2015. 2nd issue was the valve body had to be replaced in 2018."

Anonymous, CO (2007 Ford Explorer Eddie Bauer 4.0-L V6)

"The automatic transmission was shifting jerkly"

Anonymous, VA (2007 Ford Explorer Limited 4.0-L V6)

"Transmission failed when overheating on trip, causing cooler hose connector to melt, fluid to leak out, and transmission to fail. Radiator cooler found to be blocked by wear debris."

Anonymous, OR (2007 Ford Explorer XLT 4.0-L V6)

"first off... it is possible that i reported this in last year's survey because it happened in May 2017. i lost 3rd gear and needed to have my transmission rebuilt. $2,900 + tax."

David B., PA (2007 Ford Explorer Eddie Bauer 4.0-L V6)

Transmission Minor

Gear selector or linkage, leaks, transmission computer, transmission sensor or solenoid, clutch adjustment, rough shifting, slipping transmission.

What Owners Say

Coolers and lines

"Transmission cooler line leakage."

Anonymous, TN (2007 Ford Explorer Eddie Bauer 4.0-L V6)
Gear selector or linkage

"many times as I start into an intersection after stopping, the transmission shifts into neutral and I have to struggle with the selector to get it into a gear so I can get out of the intersection"

George O., OK (2007 Ford Explorer XLT 4.0-L V6)

"A failed 10 cent electronic switch causing the gears to lock in park. repair required a shifter unit replacement costing $300"

Anonymous, CO (2007 Ford Explorer Eddie Bauer 4.0-L V6)
Rough shifting

"This is how the transmission started failing, which lead to its rebuilding"

St Jeor V., MN (2007 Ford Explorer XLT 4.0-L V6)

"Auto transmission noticeable clunk when shifting"

John M., OH (2007 Ford Explorer XLT 4.0-L V6)

"Shifted hard in 2nd gear and into reverse. This was due to valve body issue."

Anonymous, CO (2007 Ford Explorer Eddie Bauer 4.0-L V6)
Slipping transmission

"transmission does not have a dip stick had to take it in to the dealer to have transmission fluid added cost 117.00"

Anonymous, IA (2007 Ford Explorer Limited 4.0-L V6)

"Had the trans filter changed and right after the trans slipped. After a few attempts it was corrected."

Jeff R., MI (2007 Ford Explorer Eddie Bauer 4.0-L V6)
Transmission leaks

"Transmission is attached to radiator and when we took the radiator out to fix the leak we couldn't replace the lost tranny fluid on our own"

Colleen L., MA (2007 Ford Explorer XLT 4.0-L V6)

"Transmission fluid was leaking at the bulk head connector - noticed fluid underneath car in garage one day"

Anonymous, TX (2007 Ford Explorer XLT 4.6-L V8)
Transmission sensor or solenoid

"shifter didn't always shift into the gear I selected and shifted out of gear into neutral while driving"

George O., OK (2007 Ford Explorer XLT 4.0-L V6)

Suspension

Shocks or struts, ball joints, tie rods, wheel bearings, alignment, steering linkage (includes rack and pinion), power steering (pumps and hoses, leaks), wheel balance, springs or torsion bars, bushings, electronic or air suspension.

What Owners Say

Ball joints

"One ball joint needed replaced at the same time as both front wheel bearings"

Ronald M., PA (2007 Ford Explorer Eddie Bauer 4.0-L V6)

"Steering Irratic"

William S., NJ (2007 Ford Explorer Eddie Bauer 4.0-L V6)
Shocks or struts

"rear shocks replaced"

Anonymous, MI (2007 Ford Explorer Eddie Bauer 4.0-L V6)
Steering linkage (includes rack and pinion)

"Replaced front and back sway bar links"

Anonymous, TX (2007 Ford Explorer XLT 4.6-L V8)
Tie rods

"The tie rod snapped on one side of the vehicle"

Jeff R., MI (2007 Ford Explorer Eddie Bauer 4.0-L V6)
Wheel bearings

"Both front wheels required complete replacement of their wheel bearings"

Ronald M., PA (2007 Ford Explorer Eddie Bauer 4.0-L V6)

"driver side wheel bearing failed after 39,000 miles"

Anonymous, NJ (2007 Ford Explorer Eddie Bauer 4.6-L V8)

"Both front hub assemblies bearing failure, left one 60000, then right one at 66000. Then right one again at 96000. At 96000 change, the first new one mechanics installed was bad out of the box. Second one has been OK at 105000"

John E., NH (2007 Ford Explorer Eddie Bauer 4.6-L V8)

"load noise. replaced bearing assy"

Anonymous, FL (2007 Ford Explorer Eddie Bauer 4.6-L V8)

"i had three of the 4 wheel bearings replaced a year ago and the 4th is going now along with a second ball joint. The clock hasn't been able to be seen for 3 years becasue I don't want ot pulll and solder the board and I don't want to go to the dealer for 800. also I didn't see where I couild report the rear lift gate will not open. Another 500 repair"

Robert T., MI (2007 Ford Explorer Eddie Bauer 4.0-L V6)

"Every 1.5-2 yr I have to replace a wheel bearing & hub assembly. Luckily 6 years ago i used lifetime replacement parts and now have MOOG brand on so I only have to pay for labor at $150 instead of the $650+(per tire) I paid 6 years ago. I have replaced both sides once and the other 3 times so far."

Anonymous, PA (2007 Ford Explorer XLT 4.0-L V6)

Engine Cooling

Radiator, cooling fan, antifreeze leaks, water pump, thermostat, overheating.

What Owners Say

Antifreeze leaks

"Thermostat housing warped. Happens about once a year or 15k miles"

Anonymous, OK (2007 Ford Explorer Eddie Bauer 4.0-L V6)

"Average of once a year the thermostat housing leaks. Poor design. It has been replaced twice. Out of town last time and I had to refill radiator every 10 miles"

Anonymous, OK (2007 Ford Explorer Eddie Bauer 4.0-L V6)
Radiator

"Original radiator was leaking when coolant was hot and under pressure"

Anonymous, GA (2007 Ford Explorer XLT 4.6-L V8)

"radiator leaked and needed to be replaced"

David B., PA (2007 Ford Explorer Eddie Bauer 4.0-L V6)

"Leaking water pump and radiator"

M B., OR (2007 Ford Explorer Eddie Bauer 4.0-L V6)

"Cracked radiator"

Anonymous, FL (2007 Ford Explorer XLT 4.6-L V8)
Thermostat

"Thermostat cracked & had to be replaced"

Anonymous, NM (2007 Ford Explorer XLT 4.0-L V6)

"replace thermostat housing"

Anonymous, MI (2007 Ford Explorer Eddie Bauer 4.0-L V6)
Water pump

"Replaced with radiator due to leaking"

M B., OR (2007 Ford Explorer Eddie Bauer 4.0-L V6)

Brakes

Antilock system (ABS), parking brake, master cylinder, calipers, rotors, pulsation or vibration, squeaking, brake failure or wear.

What Owners Say

Antilock system (ABS)

"Malfunctioning speed sensors on front wheels made vehicle inoperable because antilock-braking and/or traction-control systems to engage sporadically"

Anonymous, NE (2007 Ford Explorer XLT 4.0-L V6)
Master cylinder

"Master cylinder was leaking and needed replacement."

Anonymous, NY (2007 Ford Explorer Eddie Bauer 4.0-L V6)
Normal routine brake wear

"At the required annual (PA) inspection I was told the car needed all the brakes replaced to pass inspection. However, there was NO electronic warning indication, nor a squealing of the brake sensor, or squishiness in the brakes when applied. I belie"

Ronald M., PA (2007 Ford Explorer Eddie Bauer 4.0-L V6)

"Rear pads and front assemblies had to be replace at about 110000 miles"

Anonymous, AZ (2007 Ford Explorer XLT 4.0-L V6)
Parking brake

"Wouldn't release properly intermittent problem. Eventually wore out parking brake"

Anonymous, NJ (2007 Ford Explorer Eddie Bauer 4.6-L V8)

"The left rear cable broke and had to be replaced. This was about $200 job. It was replaced and works well."

Ronald M., PA (2007 Ford Explorer Eddie Bauer 4.0-L V6)

"Needed repair. The parking brake would not fully disengage."

Anonymous, NY (2007 Ford Explorer Eddie Bauer 4.0-L V6)
Regular brake failure

"Left rear brake locked up, overheated and burned rotor. This was right after a FORD inspection of my brakes. Then the FORD warranty would not cover. After several discussions, the dealer agreed to repair at a 50% discount"

Anonymous, KY (2007 Ford Explorer Eddie Bauer 4.0-L V6)
Rotors

"Resurfaced rotors"

Anonymous, TX (2007 Ford Explorer XLT 4.6-L V8)

Body Integrity

Squeaks, rattles, wind noises, loose or cracked seals and/or weather-stripping, air and water leaks.

What Owners Say

Air or water leaks

"thermostat housing had crack allowing leak of antifreeze onto intake manifold"

Anonymous, NC (2007 Ford Explorer Eddie Bauer 4.0-L V6)

"Moon roof still leaks!"

Robert V., HI (2007 Ford Explorer XLT 4.6-L V8)

"Window seals over time have become noisy at highway speeds"

Anonymous, NE (2007 Ford Explorer XLT 4.0-L V6)
Seals and/or weather-stripping

"weather stripping on drivers door has a air leak"

Anonymous, IA (2007 Ford Explorer Limited 4.0-L V6)

"Moon Roof continues to leak during heavy rainy season from time of new purchase. Dealer tried several times to stop the leak to no avail"

Robert V., HI (2007 Ford Explorer XLT 4.6-L V8)

"axle seals"

Anonymous, IA (2007 Ford Explorer Eddie Bauer 4.0-L V6)
Wind noise

"A high frequency vibrating squeal at highway speeds. It cannot be located when vehicle is not moving"

Anonymous, CO (2007 Ford Explorer Eddie Bauer 4.0-L V6)

In-car Electronics

CD or DVD players, radio, speakers, GPS, communication system (e.g., OnStar), display screen freezes or goes blank, phone pairing (e.g. Bluetooth), voice control commands, steering wheel controls, portable music device interface (e.g., iPod/MP3 player), backup or other camera/sensors.

What Owners Say

Display screen goes blank

"I have no indication what radio station I am listening to no display also for no reason whatsoever all the interior lights come on. If you open and close the door the lights go out. Until you go over another bump in the road they come on again"

Gerard H., MD (2007 Ford Explorer Eddie Bauer)

"The entire dashboard went blank, and all gauges went out, so could not even see what speed we were traveling. Once, after this happened, we could not restart the car for a while. Another time, we had to stop for gas and food, but it started up after"

Mark N., OR (2007 Ford Explorer Limited 4.6-L V8)

"The radio display screen has become so dim I can't determine what station it has been tuned to."

Ken O., ID (2007 Ford Explorer XLT 4.0-L V6)
External music device interface (e.g., smart phone, MP3 player)

"It is very annoying that you have to go station to station to listen to the station you are trying to reach"

Gerard H., MD (2007 Ford Explorer Eddie Bauer)
Radio

"LED lights in the radio are fading out"

William S., NY (2007 Ford Explorer XLT 4.0-L V6)

Power Equipment

Cruise control, clock, warning lights, body control module, keyless entry, wiper motor or washer, tire pressure monitor, interior or exterior lights, horn, gauges, 12V power plug, remote engine start, alarm or security system

What Owners Say

Coil

"Needed to replace 4 of 8 spark plug coils"

Anonymous, MD (2007 Ford Explorer Eddie Bauer 4.6-L V8)
Spark plugs or wires failure

"after a tune up, the car had to be returned to the dealer TWICE to repair plugs that were either defective or improperly installed during the tune up"

Anonymous, SC (2007 Ford Explorer XLT 4.0-L V6)

"This car delivery date was within the range of spark plug problems FORD had. When plugs were changed, 7 removed safely. The remaining plug broke, but thanks to tools developed for the problem, the broken parts were removed without head damage"

John E., NH (2007 Ford Explorer Eddie Bauer 4.6-L V8)

"Needed to replace all spark plugs"

Anonymous, MD (2007 Ford Explorer Eddie Bauer 4.6-L V8)
Starter

"My husband believes thestarterhas been bad since we purchased the car used from the Ford dealer. He bases this on the fact it has always been slow turning over, we have had to replace the battery three times and the alternator once. This single probl"

Constance T., TX (2007 Ford Explorer XLT 4.0-L V6)

Exhaust

Muffler, pipes, catalytic converter, exhaust manifold, leaks.

What Owners Say

Catalytic converter

"EVIDENTLY IT SHATTERED AND SENT PIECES INTO THE MUFFLER"

Anonymous, TN (2007 Ford Explorer Eddie Bauer 4.0-L V6)

"Needed new converter. Cost was $1600. Got welded/fixed for $250"

Anonymous, PA (2007 Ford Explorer XLT 4.0-L V6)
Exhaust manifold

"it licked"

Anonymous, IN (2007 Ford Explorer Limited 4.6-L V8)
Muffler

"Needed to be replaced. Weld failed"

Kim T., MI (2007 Ford Explorer Eddie Bauer 4.0-L V6)

Fuel System

Check engine light, sensors (includes O2 or oxygen sensor), emission control devices (includes EGR), engine computer, engine computer, fuel cap, fuel gauge/sender, fuel injection system, fuel pump, fuel leaks, stalling or hesitation.

What Owners Say

Emission control devices (includes EGR)

"EGR had to be replaced twice"

Stephanie J., TN (2007 Ford Explorer Eddie Bauer 4.0-L V6)
Fuel cap

"The fuel cap is loose sensor comes on periodically for no apparent reason and after a day or two turns off."

Ken O., ID (2007 Ford Explorer XLT 4.0-L V6)
Fuel injection system

"Fuel injection coil failure"

Kirk D., ON (2007 Ford Explorer XLT 4.0-L V6)
Sensors (includes O2 or oxygen sensor)

"My dashboard indicator lit up while driving. I made an appointment with my mechanic. They checked I and found one of the sensors wasn’t working properly. They replaced it. My car works fine now."

Anonymous, CA (2007 Ford Explorer XLT 4.0-L V6)

Body Hardware

Power or manual windows, locks and latches, tailgate, hatch or trunk, doors or sliding doors, mirrors, seat controls, safety belts, sunroof, convertible top.

What Owners Say

Seat belts

"The driver's seat belt does not retract properly, causing me to frequently shut the door on the belt or the clasp which prevents the door from fully closing"

Anonymous, SC (2007 Ford Explorer XLT 4.0-L V6)
Seat controls - movement

"Seat movement controls failed. Repairs cost $1,200"

John S., IL (2007 Ford Explorer XLT 4.0-L V6)

"Lumbar support on drivers seat was bad mechanically when I purchased this used vehicle. About $360 to repair"

Anonymous, OK (2007 Ford Explorer Eddie Bauer 4.0-L V6)

Paint/Trim

Paint (fading, chalking, cracking, or peeling), loose interior and exterior trim or moldings, rust.

What Owners Say

Loose interior trim or moldings

"The driver's seat lower panel broke loose; the garage door opener compartment latch broke; mirrors broke off both the driver and passenger sun visors"

Anonymous, SC (2007 Ford Explorer XLT 4.0-L V6)
Paint (fading, chalking, cracking, or peeling)

"Paint peeling in multiple areas of the roof and top edge of the lift gate."

Anonymous, CA (2007 Ford Explorer XLT 4.0-L V6)

Engine Minor

Accessory belts and pulleys, engine computer, engine mounts, engine knock or ping, oil leaks.

What Owners Say

Accessory belts or pulleys

"I had to have the harmonic balancer replaced along with the fan belt pulley"

Anonymous, MI (2007 Ford Explorer Eddie Bauer 4.0-L V6)
Engine computer

"The service manager purported that s/w required update. This made no sense to me, because no computer or mechanical parts had been modified. The s/w upgrade expense was $1,018"

Bob P., TN (2007 Ford Explorer Limited 4.6-L V8)

Drive System

Driveshaft or axle, CV joint, differential, transfer case, 4WD/AWD components, driveline vibration, traction control, electronic stability control (ESC), electrical failure.

What Owners Say

Driveshaft or axle

"Wheel bearing"

R B., MI (2007 Ford Explorer Eddie Bauer 4.6-L V8)

Engine Major

Engine rebuild or replacement, cylinder head, head gasket, turbo or supercharger, timing chain or timing belt.

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Recalls
PROVIDED BY
EQUIPMENT
Sep 03 2010
AN IMPROPERLY DEPLOYED AIRBAG COULD RESULT IN SERIOUS INJURY.
Summary:
MARATHON IS RECALLING CERTAIN SEAT COVERS, BRAND SUPERHIDES WITH PART NUMBERS 593, 594, 578, 960, 228, 228-09, 267-08, 333, 625, AND 630, SOLD FOR USE AS AFTERMARKET EQUIPMENT FOR VARIOUS PASSENGER VEHICLES. THESE SEAT COVERS ARE MADE OF HEAVIER THREAD AND ARE NOT COMPATIBLE WITH SEATS CONTAINING SIDE AIRBAGS. THE HEAVIER SEAT COVER COULD INTERFERE WITH FULL DEPLOYMENT OF THE AIRBAG IN THE EVENT OF A CRASH.
What should you do:
MARATHON WILL NOTIFY OWNERS OF RECORD AND REPLACE THE SEAT COVER FREE OF CHARGE. THE SAFETY RECALL BEGAN ON SEPTEMBER 14, 2010. OWNERS MAY CONTACT MARATHON AT 1-800-735-2769.
For more information:
THIS RECALL ONLY PERTAINS TO AFTERMARKET MARATHON SEAT COVERS AND HAS NO RELATION TO ANY ORIGINAL EQUIPMENT INSTALLED ON GENERAL MOTORS, FORD, CHRYSLER, TOYOTA, OR NISSAN VEHICLES.OWNERS MAY ALSO CONTACT THE NATIONAL HIGHWAY TRAFFIC SAFETY ADMINISTRATION'S VEHICLE SAFETY HOTLINE AT 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), OR GO TO <A HREF=HTTP://WWW.SAFERCAR.GOV>HTTP://WWW.SAFERCAR.GOV</A> .
NHTSA CAMPAIGN ID Number: 10E043000
Potential Number of Units Affected: 294
VISIBILITY:GLASS, SIDE/REAR
Dec 11 2007
IN THE EVENT OF A VEHICLE CRASH, THE OCCUPANT(S) MAY BE SERIOUSLY INJURED BY SHATTERED GLASS.
Summary:
CERTAIN CURVED TEMPERED REPLACEMENT GLASS MANUFACTURED BY HANGZHOU SAFETY GLASS LTD AND SUPPLIED TO SAFELITE BY AUTO TEMP INC., IDENTIFIED AS DOT-430, AND SOLD FOR USE ON CERTAIN DOMESTIC AND FOREIGN VEHICLES MAY NOT BREAK INTO SMALL PIECES AS EXPECTED OF TEMPERED GLASS AND FAILS TO CONFORM TO FEDERAL MOTOR VEHICLE SAFETY STANDARD NO. 205, "GLAZING MATERIALS."
What should you do:
SAFELITE WILL NOTIFY ITS RETAIL CUSTOMERS AND REPLACE THE GLASS FREE OF CHARGE. RETAIL CUSTOMERS CAN CONTACT SAFELITE TOLL FREE AT 1-888-843-2906. SAFELITE WILL NOTIFY ITS WHOLESALE CUSTOMERS AND REIMBURSE WHOLESALE CUSTOMERS FOR CURRENT INVENTORY AND AT A SPECIFIED RATE FOR REPLACING THEIR CUSTOMER'S GLASS. WHOLESALE CUSTOMERS CAN CONTACT SAFELITE'S WHOLESALE DIVISION, SERVICE AUTOGLASS TOLL FREE AT 1-888-246-6298. THE RECALL BEGAN ON JANUARY 15, 2008.
For more information:
THIS RECALL ONLY PERTAINS TO CERTAIN CURVED TEMPERED REPLACEMENT GLASS MANUFACTURED BY HANGZHOU SAFETY GLASS, LTD. (DOT-430) AND SUPPLIED TO SAFELITE BY AUTO TEMP INC., AND HAS NO RELATION TO ANY ORIGINAL EQUIPMENT INSTALLED ON THE VEHICLES LISTED ABOVE. CUSTOMERS MAY CONTACT THE NATIONAL HIGHWAY TRAFFIC SAFETY ADMINISTRATION'S VEHICLE SAFETY HOTLINE AT 1-888-327-4236 (TTY: 1-800-424-9153); OR GO TO HTTP://WWW.SAFERCAR.GOV.
NHTSA CAMPAIGN ID Number: 07E104000
Potential Number of Units Affected: 1657
STEERING
Apr 25 2007
THIS CONDITION COULD CAUSE "CLUNKING" NOISE WHEN STEERING AS WELL AS DECREASED STEERING EFFECTIVENESS POTENTIALLY RESULTING IN A CRASH.
Summary:
ON CERTAIN SPORT UTILITY VEHICLES, THE TWO BOLTS THAT ATTACH THE STEERING GEAR ASSEMBLY TO THE FRAME MAY HAVE BEEN OVER-TIGHTENED. THIS CONDITION COULD RESULT IN ONE OR BOTH OF THE BOLTS FRACTURING, CAUSING THE STEERING GEAR TO BECOME LOOSE.
What should you do:
DEALERS WILL REPLACE BOTH THE STEERING GEAR ASSEMBLY MOUNTING BOLTS AND NUTS FREE OF CHARGE. THE RECALL BEGAN ON APRIL 27, 2007. OWNERS MAY CONTACT FORD AT 1-800-392-3673.
For more information:
FORD RECALL NO. 07S52.CUSTOMERS MAY CONTACT THE NATIONAL HIGHWAY TRAFFIC SAFETY ADMINISTRATION?S VEHICLE SAFETY HOTLINE AT 1-888-327-4236 (TTY: 1-800-424-9153); OR GO TO HTTP://WWW.SAFERCAR.GOV.
NHTSA CAMPAIGN ID Number: 07V181000
Potential Number of Units Affected: 11
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