Ads typically show rugged utility vehicles going any way, under any conditions. It seems those ads aren't filmed on the Canadian prairie.
Ford Motor Co. is recalling nearly 21,000 2013-17 police and civilian models of its popular Explorer crossover in Canada — but only in Alberta, Saskatchewan and Manitoba, where mud peculiar to those provinces' prairies can bend or break suspension parts.
Transport Canada, which posted notice of the recall May 3, said "soil properties unique to these areas" can cause mud to pack onto rear toe links and cause them to bend or fracture.
"A fractured toe link would affect vehicle handling and could increase the risk of a crash causing injury and/or damage to property," the agency said.
The automaker said it is aware of three accidents, one with injuries, related to the issue.