Ford issues recall of 169K SUVs, cars to replace rear cameras

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By Dan Sears

Ford Motor said Friday it will recall 169,000 US vehicles to replace rearview cameras and update software and is taking a $270 million charge to address the callback.

It was the latest in a series of rear camera-related recalls by the No. 2 US automaker in recent years.

The Detroit automaker in May issued a recall of 422,000 vehicles in the United States because the rearview camera display might fail following an earlier camera recall in January of 462,000 vehicles worldwide. Many vehicles have been in multiple recalls for the same issue.


 2020 Ford Explorer cars
It was the latest in a series of rear camera-related recalls by Ford in recent years. Above, 2020 Explorers.
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The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration said the loss of the rearview camera image could reduce the driver’s rear visibility, increasing the risk of a crash.

Ford said on Friday it would replace the rearview camera and update software in some 2020-2023 Explorer and Aviator sport utility vehicles, 2020-2022 Corsair vehicles, 2022-2023 Transit vans, 2018-2021 Navigator vehicles, and 2021 Bronco vehicles.

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Ford said in a filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission that the aggregate cost of replacing the cameras and updating the software was estimated to be about $270 million.


Aviator sports-utility vehicles
Ford is taking a $270 million charge to address the callback. Above, 2023 Aviator sport utility vehicles.
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Ford said in the latest recall it has 3,486 warranty reports alleging rear camera failures and reports of two minor crashes but no injuries.

Since 2021, NHTSA has been investigating if Ford delayed a 2020 recall of 620,000 vehicles for a rear camera issue and if it recalled enough vehicles.

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