Ford is recalling 1.2 million sport utility vehicles in the US over suspension issues that the car giant said could affect steering.

The recall, which is expected to cost $180m (£140m), affects Ford Explorers made in the US firm’s Chicago plant between 2010 and 2017.

Ford said one customer had reported hitting a kerb when part of the the rear suspension fractured.

The company said it was not aware of any injuries caused by the problem.

Ford said vehicles that were exposed to “frequent full rear suspension articulation” might “experience a fractured rear suspension toe link”.

“A fracture of a rear toe link significantly diminishes steering control, increasing the risk of a crash,” it added and when one customer’s toe link broke they reported hitting the kerb.

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