A new recall was announced for Ford Explorer SUVs. NBC Los Angeles explained that the roof rail covers can become detached while driving.
The recall covers model years 2016-2019, and involves roof racks with the colors silver, black, and absolute black. The company plans to send out recall notices the week of June 28 to all affected buyers. Over 620,000 of the vehicles were sold in the U.S.
The NHTSA, which is responsible for investigating recalls, found 11 reports of detachment in 2020. Ford initially tried to stop the recall due to the low likelihood of detachment by offering an extended warranty for the issue, but the government forced the recall. So far, there have been no reports of injury or death due to this issue.
The NHTSA plays an extremely important role in vehicle safety. We expect the vehicles we buy to be safe according to regulations, but when an unexpected problem arises, the NHTSA forces manufacturers to repair the problem and changes regulations to ensure similar problems don’t arise.
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If you are ever wondering if a car you own or are thinking to own is under an active recall, you can go to nhtsa.gov and put in your car’s VIN into their vehicle safety check form. That will show you all the recalls and whether the repair was done.