WASHINGTON, D.C. — At the request of US regulators, Ford is recalling 661,000 Explorer sport utility vehicles in North America because retaining pins could loosen, allowing roof rail covers to detach from the car.
The recall affects cars from the 2016 to 2019 model years. Dealers can patch any broken rail clips and roof rail covers, as well as add push pins.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration first asked about the problem in early 2020, according to records released Sunday by the second-largest U.S. automaker, after 11 incidents of roof rail cover detachment. According to the papers, it demanded a recall in April, which Ford originally denied because of the low risk of a roof rail detaching, its lightweight, and the possibility that drivers would likely notice a loose roof rail cover.
Before committing to the recall on April 30, Ford announced in November that it would stretch its warranty to cover the problem for 10 years or 150,000 miles.
According to a Ford spokesperson, the automaker is unaware of any accidents or incidents caused by the condition.
The roof rail covers on the cars affected by the recall are painted silver, black, or total black. Customers will be notified from the week of June 28.