Ford Recalls 620K Explorers for Loose Roof Rail Covers

 Monday, May 10, 2021

 Car and Driver

Ford is issuing a recall on 620,483 Explorer mid-size SUVs in the United States because of roof rail covers that might become unattached and cause a hazard on the road for other drivers.

The recall affects model year 2016 to 2019 base, XLT, Sport, and Police Interceptor Explorers with silver, black, or Absolute Black roof rails.

In April 2020, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) began investigating 11 reports that said the covers detached during driving, and it notified Ford the following month.

Ford originally said that it would cover the issue with an extended warranty to 10 years/150,000 miles but has now agreed to NHTSA’s request for a recall.

Ford says that it is not aware of any accidents or injuries because of the loose roof rail covers.