462,000 Ford SUVs are recalled due to a rearview camera problem
Ford has issued a recall for 462,000 cars globally due to the risk of incorrect video output from rearview cameras. The recall affects certain 2020 to 2023 model Ford Explorers and Lincoln Aviators, as well as a number of 2020 to 2022 model Lincoln Corsairs, according to the Associated Press and Reuters. The automobiles in question are equipped with 360-degree cameras that broadcast live view video on the in-car entertainment touchscreen panel. Over 382,000 of the impacted vehicles are in the United States.
According to a National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) document (PDF), the government contacted Ford in late 2021 about concerns that the live view camera was presenting a blue picture rather than what was occurring outside. This followed a previous recall in 2021 for the same issue. Ford worked with suppliers to evaluate those complaints, but it wasn’t until December 2022 that the carmaker was able to duplicate the problem in the laboratory and in-vehicle, which is why Ford has just announced a recall now.
As of November 30th, 2022, it seems that 2,115 warranty reports have been made about this problem. Furthermore, the carmaker is aware of 17 small incidents that reportedly happened as a result of the cars’ rear camera blue screen malfunction, although no injuries have been reported. According to Reuters, this recall includes cars that were recalled in 2021, so dealers may also update their image-processing module software.