Ford Recalls 383,000 SUVs for Faulty Backup Cameras, while Other Ford Drivers Report Pieces Flying Off at High Speeds
By Yehudit Garmaise
Ford has recalled nearly 383,000 American SUVs that are equipped with 360-degree cameras whose video output sometimes fails, the Associated Press reported.
The recall includes models of Ford Explorers and Lincoln Aviators that were made between 2020 and 2023 and some Lincoln Corsairs that were made in 2020 to 2022.
Without complete visibility of all camera images, drivers are at increased risks of crashes, said Ford representatives, who said the car company is aware of 17 minor crashes, without injuries.
More than 2,000 Ford owners, however, have filed warranty reports about the problem, even after Ford recalled many of the same models for the same problems with their cameras’ video feeds in 2021.
Drivers who had their Ford SUVs repaired previously will have to bring their recalled models back into dealers, who will update cars’ image processing software.
On Feb. 20, Ford will notify drivers by mail that their SUVs have been recalled.
In addition to faulty rear cameras, the rubber molding that connects windshields to cars’ frames have been detaching and then flying into the wind when drivers some Ford Explorers are traveling at highway speeds.
After 164 drivers of Ford Explorers that were made between 2011 to 2019 lodged complaints about their loosened windshield trim panels, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHSTA) initiated an investigation into approximately 1.86 Ford SUVs.
The NHTSA does not have any reports of crashes due to Ford Explorers' flying parts, however, the agency said that the loosened pieces could cause other drivers of cars and motorcycles on the road to lose control if the rubber pieces hit their windshields and vehicles.
NHTSA will determine how often the problem happens and the safety consequences of the trim pieces flying off the vehicles, said the American road safety agency, which added that its investigation could lead to another recall of Ford Explorers.