Ford has recalled 462,000 vehicles worldwide over the possibility that their rear-view cameras could be suffering from corrupted video output. According to the Associated Press and Portal, the recall affects some 2020-2023 Ford Explorers and Lincoln Aviators, as well as a number of 2020-2022 Lincoln Corsairs. The affected vehicles are equipped with 360-degree cameras that record live view footage on the touchscreen console for in-car entertainment. The majority of affected cars — over 382,000 — are in the United States.
According to a document (PDF) from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), the agency contacted Ford in late 2021 over allegations that the live view camera was showing a blue image instead of what was happening outside. This came after an earlier recall in 2021 over the same issue. Ford worked with suppliers to analyze these reports, but it wasn’t until December 2022 that the automaker was able to replicate the issue in the lab and in the vehicle, which is most likely why Ford has only now issued a recall.
Apparently, as of November 30, 2022, 2,115 warranty reports have been submitted regarding this issue. Also, the automaker is aware of 17 minor accidents that are said to have occurred due to the vehicle’s backup camera blue screen issue, but has not heard of any injuries. Portal said even the vehicles recalled in 2021 are part of that recall, allowing dealers to update their vision module software as well.
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