Ford Recalls 661,000 Explorer SUVs for Defective Roof Rail Covers

Ford Motor Co. recalled 661,000 Explorer sport utility vehicles in North America due to faulty roof rail covers that can detach from the vehicle unexpectedly.

Details of the Ford Explorer Recall

According to Reuters, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) first inquired about the roof rail covers in 2020 after it received 11 reports of roof rail covers detaching from vehicles. NHTSA requested Ford issue a recall in April 2020, but the carmaker opted not to.

In November, Ford informed NHTSA that it had extended its warranty related to the issue for 10 years or 150,000 miles. Ultimately, on April 30, 2021, agreed to issue a recall.

Roof rail covers detaching while the vehicle in motion could result in collisions as other drivers attempt to avoid the detached piece.

Customers can expect to be notified beginning the week of June 28.

Year Models Affected by the Ford Explorer Recall

  • 2016 Ford Explorer
  • 2017 Ford Explorer
  • 2018 Ford Explorer
  • 2019 Ford Explorer

The vehicles covered by the recall have roof rails covers that are painted silver, black, or absolute black.

What to Do When Your Defective Vehicle Resulted in Injury

Drivers have enough to worry about while traversing the roadways on a daily basis. When a person gets behind the wheel of a car, there is a reasonable expectation that the car is going to perform in a matter that would not put the operator’s life in jeopardy. Unfortunately, there are hundreds of vehicle recalls each year due to manufacturer defects, from the tires to the ignition switches, that can cause catastrophic injuries and in some cases death. If you or a loved one have been injured due to a defective part in a vehicle, contact Thomas J. Henry.

Our experienced defective vehicle lawyers have handled a multitude of injury claims caused by recalled vehicles. We continue to handle cases involving faulty and dangerous GM ignition switches and Takata airbags. Call us today for a free legal consultation — our attorneys are available 24/7, nights and weekends.

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