Ford Motor Company has announced a safety recall that will impact over 700,000 vehicles in North America. The safety issue stems from concerns that the rear-view camera could become disconnected, causing the camera display to be disrupted.
Disruptions in the camera feed could theoretically cause an accident, but last time we checked all Ford products have a traditional rear-view mirror that could serve as an alternative to the camera feed. That said, rear-view cameras are federally mandated safety features, meaning Ford is absolutely on the hook to resolve this via a safety recall.
Ford has submitted documents to the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration (NHTSA) outlining that the impacted vehicles include the Edge, Escape, Expedition, Explorer, F-150, F-250, F-350, F-450, F-550, Mustang, Ranger, and Transit vehicles from the 2020 model year. The 2020 Lincoln Corsair and Nautilus are also impacted.
The documents explain that a poor electrical connection between a part supplied by Magna Electronics is the root cause of the issue. Ford and Magna have been aware of this issue for some time now, but the ongoing global pandemic has delayed their ability to be revised parts out. Ford estimates that around half of the impacted vehicles will eventually see some sort of failure of their rear-view camera is not repaired.
Ford will begin notifying the owners of impacted vehicles on November 7th. Ford says 620,246 vehicles were affected in the United States with another 76,566 occupying Canada and 4,302 in Mexico. Owners will be able to get their vehicles repaired at dealerships for no cost.