Ford Motor Co recalls 661,000 Explorer SUV in North America over roof rail detachment issue

In a statement Ford Motor Co said, it is in the process of recalling 661,000 Explorer sport utility vehicles in North America following a request by U.S. regulators who have said, Ford should recall the model due to the potential loosening of retention pins which could see roof rail covers detach from the vehicle.

The vehicle recall covers 2016 through 2019 model year vehicles. Dealers will install push-pins and replace any damaged rail clips and roof rail covers.

Ford posted documents showing that the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration had enquired about the issue in early 2020 following 11 reports of roof rail cover detachment. In April this year, it had requested Ford to issue a recall, to which the carmaker had initially said it was not necessary given the low likelihood of a detachment of roof rail, its relatively low weight and the fact that drivers would very likely detect a loose roof rail cover.

In November 2020, Ford had said it would extend its warranty to cover the issue for 10 years or 150,000 miles before agreeing to the recall on April 30, 2021.

Ford’s spokeswoman said, the carmaker is not aware of any accidents or injuries related to this condition.

Vehicles covered by the recall have roof rail covers that are painted silver, black or absolute black; customer notifications will begin the week of June 28.

The recall includes 620,483 vehicles in the United States, 36,419 in Canada and 4,260 in Mexico.

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