Ford has recalled nearly one million vehicles after learning that the backup cameras in the impacted units can fail. Because the potential for visibility problems can increase due to this issue, regulators have warned drivers that accident risks can also increase.
In the recall announcement, Ford stated that the 2020 Ford F-Series trucks as well as the Explorer, Mustang, Transit, Expedition, Escape, Ranger, and Edge vehicles made by Ford and the Lincoln Nautilus and Corsair come with backup cameras that can either go dark or show distorted images.
Because the more than 700,000 vehicles can experience poor electrical connections that may lead to the visibility problem, Ford will begin contacting impacted car owners on November 7.
At dealerships, potentially defective rear view cameras will be completely replaced. The repair should be carried out entirely for free.
Because the F-Series trucks are the top-selling vehicles in America, regulators are urging impacted owners to have this issue resolved as soon as possible.
Auto Safety Features Can Avoid Accidents And Save Lives
Rear view cameras work by providing a view of what is going on behind the car as drivers are backing out of parking spots, driveways, etc. This feature is important because one out of every four auto accidents in the U.S. involves a driver who simply fails to back their vehicle safely. As a result, 500 deaths and 15,000 injuries are associated with backing accidents on average every year in the United States.
When cars or trucks have rear view cameras that don’t work, the risks increase precisely because drivers often have a hard time with their vehicles’ blind spots.
Until your vehicle is repaired, keep in mind that there are a few things you can do to avoid backing accidents such as walking around the vehicle before driving or avoid putting yourself in a situation that requires backing.
If you have any further concerns about this recall, especially if your vehicle is already showing signs of an electrical problem, reach out to Ford as soon as possible.
For more on this recall, follow this link.