Ford has recalled over 620,000 SUVs after learning that the vehicles’ roof rail covers can become loose.
According to the firm, the Explorer mid-size SUVs of the 2016 through 2019 model years come with roof rail covers that can become unattached while vehicles are on motion. If this occurs and the roof falls on the road, it can become a serious accident hazard for other drivers.
The automaker stated that the base, XLT, Sport, and Police Interceptor versions are all impacted.
Ford Recall Follows Federal Investigation Prompted By 11 Incidents
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) initiated a probe into the Ford vehicles after learning of at least 11 reports of roof covers becoming detached.
Initially, Ford said it would take care of the issue by offering all impacted vehicle owners with an extended warranty. However, the company has now agreed with regulators and is announcing the auto recall.
While officials said they registered 11 reports involving detached covers, Ford said that it isn’t aware of any accidents or injuries associated with the problem.
If you own one of the recalled Explorers, the firm will be mailing a recall notice to your address beginning in the last week of June. At dealerships, plastic push pins will be installed to secure the roof rail covers. Dealers should also replace any damaged pieces. All repairs should be carried out for free.
Never Ignore An Auto Recall Again
All too often, car makers cannot reach car owners because drivers either moved without alerting the manufacturer or bought a used car and the owner’s details weren’t updated.
Whatever the case, it is important to update your contact information with the automaker whenever you move. You can also visit the NHTSA recalls site regularly, where you can plug in your car’s VIN to check whether it has an open recall.