Ford Calls Back Super Duty Pickups Over Camera Snafu
Another day, another big car recall from Ford Motor Co.
The American automaker recently announced that it is calling back nearly 19,000 Super Duty trucks. Camera displays may not properly function in some 2023 trucks equipped with a Pro Trailer Hitch Assist feature, Ford told the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
“The default rearview camera image may not be displayed under specific circumstances when using the Pro Trailer Hitch Assist feature,” Ford said in a defect notice filed with NHTSA. “Instead, the hitch or trailer view may be displayed.”
Ford blamed a software glitch for the recall. It may not sound like a serious problem, but the snafu could wreak havoc on the road.
“An incorrect rearview camera image can reduce the driver’s view of what is behind the vehicle, increasing the risk of a crash,” Ford told NHTSA.
The recall covers certain 2023 Ford F-250, F-350, and F-450 Super Duty trucks equipped with Pro Trailer Hitch Assist.
Ford plans to notify owners of recalled trucks by September 21, the company said in the defect notice. It will ask owners to bring their trucks to approved local dealers for software updates. Ford said it is also looking into whether it can perform an over-the-air update without requiring owners to go to a dealership.
Ford: The King of Recalls
These kinds of safety recalls are far too routine for the world’s auto manufacturers, especially Ford.
The company issued more recalls than any other auto manufacturer last year.
Ford announced a total of 67 separate recalls in 2022, data from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration show, far surpassing the 45 recalls by the next closest manufacturer, Volkswagen.
The recall parade has continued this year.
Ford announced in July that it was calling back some 15,000 Fusion PHEVs that could lose power and catch fire. The recall covered certain Ford Fusion plug-in hybrid vehicles from model years 2019 and 2020.
Meanwhile, NHTSA recently launched an investigation into whether Ford properly handled a recall of Mach-E electric Mustangs. The probe centers on a 2022 recall in which Ford said some 50,000 cars were at risk of overheating and losing power without warning.
There is some good news for Ford and other car owners in California. You have some valuable rights and protections under the state’s lemon law.
The law generally requires car manufacturers to perform a variety of repairs on vehicles while they are under warranty. It also forces them to buy back covered vehicles that they are either unable or are simply not willing to fix.
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