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3rd Row Power Button cover / disable switch needed

Discussion in 'Stock 2011 - 2019 Ford Explorer Discussion' started by jk60543, August 3, 2011.

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  1. plumbago

    plumbago Active Member

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    Ford does not use the "Quality is Job One" slogan anymore....I made a mistake buying a 2013 and it shows up about everyday......best regards Plum
     
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  3. phareous

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    The 2013 switches are slightly recessed but it is not a huge improvement. They really should have designed it where you needed to hold the button down the whole time while it is moving...and maybe a switch to toggle it off permanently.

    I did notice though in the 2013 that the switch is inoperable while the rear gate is closed
     
  4. peterk9

    peterk9 Staff Member Moderator Elite Explorer

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    Welcome to the Forum jmdavispdx.:wavey:
    It is unfortunate that this had to be your first post. I'm glad that no one was hurt and only shaken up a bit.
    This problem was first identified when the 2011 model came out. That problem still exists so I guess that answers your concern; "what Ford is going to do about it." .....Nothing.:thumbdwn:

    Peter
     
  5. FordService

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    Hi jmdavispdx,

    I want to touch base with you and see how things went at your dealership. Additionally, I want to arrange for your regional customer service manager to call you. To get started, send me a PM with your VIN, dealer, mileage, daytime phone number, and full name. I'll get to work on your case.

    Thanks,

    Crystal
     
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    I had some Costco tortilla chips get jammed up in my powerfolding seats and they did not sustain any damage. I can see how scary it would be if my chips were replaced with my children though.... There should at least be an update that will stop the seats if you push the button again.
     
  7. phareous

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    If you press an opposite button it will work - so if you had hit stow or fold, you could hit Normal (or whatever it is called). Still kindof hard to think about that in the spur of the moment when the seats are squashing your children...
     
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    Go with my easy fix. Random cover and duct tape underneath. Tape wears out every 3 months, 5 cents later good as new.

    [​IMG]
     
  9. dragonexplorer12

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    I too had this problem multiple times.

    I was thinking of doing the same thing you did gpzrider! I will do that now actually! haha! macgyver style!
     
  10. gpzrider

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    When I first posted that picture people complained because the little cover was grey. So I painted it black. It works really well but if you hit it with a large heavy object of course going to fly off. Fends off full grocery bags and boxes really well.
     
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    I had this happen to me over the weekend and one time earlier. It seems the motors are set for a certain pressure point before they return to original position. I'm guessing....Ford planned for this and made the pressure point well before the gears or motors would fail? My fix has been to grab the seat manually until that pressure point is reached and the seat reverses. Sucks though as i'm sure 2014+ will have a better solution for this. They should have a cover, recessed or as someone mentioned, a hold down time. Not a very good design right out of the gate.
     
  12. peterk9

    peterk9 Staff Member Moderator Elite Explorer

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    Welcome to the Forum :wavey:.
    I happy to see that you are so optimistic. This design out of the gate is now 3 years old and nothing has really changed. Let's hope you are right.:)
    Happy motoring.

    Peter
     
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    Hey folks!

    I recommend posting your suggestions at http://social.ford.com in the Your Ideas area. Once your idea is posted, come back here and post a link. Everyone can vote on it; ideas are reviewed by Ford daily.

    Thanks!

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  14. dragonexplorer12

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    OK, so I had a guy at my shop fabricate this cover after several mishaps:

    [​IMG]
     
  15. goofydisneydaddy

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    If you can convince him to fabricate more, I bet there are some willing buyers here on this forum.
     
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    Signing up to make one post with demands for ford on this website it's going to get you anywhere.

    If many people are having this problem and its a safety concern, then you should report it to the NHTSA http://www.nhtsa.gov/

    If they get enough incidents or complaints they will investigate and have the authority to force a fix from ford.
     
  17. RandyH2

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    It would be a shame if this had to go to the NHTSA for a fix. Ford should be addressing these things on their own. That is what a good company does...
     
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    Yep, I just bought ford explorer 2014 just a week ago and I bump the switch twice already. I joined this forum to check for solution. I do not know why ford have not done anything about it. A cover will do or a master disable switch as suggested by others. Well, I might end up installing one myself (cover or switch).
     
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    There is a fuse in the engine bay compartment for the power fold seats. You could intercept the wire coming off that fuse and put a switch inline. Maybe run wires up to the dash somewhere.
     
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    Dragoneplorer12 that is a nice cover. I am buy one.....
     
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    lmaoo

    "joe the plumber" $250

    haha
     

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