Ford is recalling more than 177,000 select 2016 F-150 pickup trucks and 2016 Explorer SUVs in the U.S. because a bolt in the powered front seats can fail or fall out.

Ford says the missing bolt can allow the seats to shift more than they should in the event of a crash and is a safety issue. Ford says it is not aware of any crashes or injuries related to this problem. 

The Details

Vehicles recalled: 2016 Ford F-150 vehicles built at the Dearborn (Mich.) Assembly Plant or the Kansas City (Mo.) Assembly Plant from Jan. 22, 2016, to April 19, 2016; and 2016 Ford Explorer vehicles built at the Chicago Assembly Plant from Jan. 22, 2016, to April 19, 2016.

The problem: The upper left-hand pivot bolt for the front power-seat adjuster may loosen or fall out, Ford says. Losing the pivot bolt can lead to increased movement in a crash, increasing the risk of injury.

The fix: Dealers will inspect the bolt to see whether it meets torque requirements, Ford says. If it does, they’ll remove and clean the bolt, add a new threadlock, and reinstall it correctly. If the bolt fails the torque inspection, a threadlock will be added and the bolt will be reinstalled as an interim repair for sold units until the final repair equipment is available. The final repair will include replacement of the lift link with new bushings and fasteners.

2016 Ford F-150 in factory.

How to contact the manufacturer: Ford says owners should take their vehicle to their local dealer, where repairs should be made free of charge.

NHTSA campaign number: There is no NHTSA number yet; Ford’s reference number is 17S40.

Check to see whether your vehicle has an open recall. Plug in the 17-digit vehicle identification number at the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration website.