Pleasanton, CA – September 23 2020 – Ford Motor Company (NYSE:F) has recalled 620,246 vehicles with rearview cameras that may display a “distorted or blank” image. The recall includes:
- 2020 Ford F-150, F-250 SD, F-350 SD, F-450 SD, F 550 SD trucks
- 2020 Ford Explorer SUVs
- 2020 Ford Mustang vehicles
- 2020 Ford Transit vans
- 2020 Ford Expedition SUVs
- 2020 Ford Escape SUVs
- 2020 Ford Ranger trucks
- 2020 Ford Edge SUVs
- 2020 Lincoln Nautilus crossovers
- 2020 Lincoln Corsair compact SUVs
Due to a poor “electrical connection,” the backup cameras can show a distorted image to the driver. The culprit is the printed circuit board within the vehicle that connects electrical components.
As a result, the vehicles do not meet the federal requirements that require them to display a “field of view” to the driver before backing up.
A driver who cannot see the rearview camera display may run into a person or an object behind them. In fact, back-up cameras became mandatory after two-year old Cameron Gulbransen was tragically killed by a backing up SUV that could not “see” him.
Prior to the passage of the related act in 2007, around 284 people were killed and injured around 12,000 in back-up crashes annually, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA).
To fix the issue, dealers will replace the rearview camera. The recall will begin on November 7 and the replacement – once available – is free of charge.
Is your vehicle part of this recall?
Over 620,000 vehicles are included in this Ford recall. To see if your car is one of them, use MotorSafety’s vehicle identification number (VIN) look up tool.