— A Ford Expedition and Lincoln Navigator recall will have dealers inspect and repair problems with the second-row center bench seats in about 38,000 SUVs.
Model year 2018 Ford Expeditions and 2018 Lincoln Navigators may be missing J-channel reinforcement brackets in the second-row center seat track assemblies.
The missing J-channel brackets may allow the seat to move and fail to hold an occupant in a crash. In fact, Ford is telling owners to move the seatbacks to the furthest positions away from the front of the SUVs.
The recalled 2018 Ford Expeditions were manufactured in Kentucky between March 14, 2017, and August 18, 2018. The 2018 Lincoln Navigators were also built in Kentucky, but those SUVs were built between March 31, 2017, and August 18, 2018.
Nearly 35,000 of the recalled Ford Expeditions and Lincoln Navigators are in the U.S., 1,900 SUVs are in Canada and 955 in Mexico.
According to the automaker, no crashes or injuries have been reported due to the defects, but Ford dealers will need to replace the center seat frame assemblies if one or both brackets are missing.
The recall is expected to begin December 17, 2018, but SUV customers with questions should call 866-436-7332 and refer to recall number 18S37.