A side view of the 2020 Ford Explorer in blue

Ford has issued a recall for multiple 2020 model year vehicles because their backup cameras may occasionally go blank or show a distorted image while in use. If that happens, drivers may not be able to see people or obstacles behind them, which could lead to a crash.

Recalled vehicles include Ford F-150, Ranger, and Super Duty trucks; Ford Edge, Escape, Expedition and Explorer, and Lincoln Corsair and Nautilus SUVs; Ford Mustang coupes and convertibles; and Ford Transit vans.

In a written statement, Ford said that the problem stems from a malfunction in a circuit board that’s part of the backup camera, and that dealers will replace the camera free of charge. The automaker says it's unaware of any crashes or injuries related to the problem. 

The Details

Vehicles Recalled (all are from the 2020 model year)
• Ford F-150 trucks built between Oct. 26, 2019, and May 18, 2020
• Ford Explorer SUVs built between Nov. 16, 2019, and May 18, 2020
• Ford Mustang coupes and convertibles built between Nov. 18, 2019, and May 26, 2020
• Ford Expedition SUVs built between Oct. 30, 2019, and June 22, 2020
• Ford Escape SUVs built between Nov. 5, 2019, and May 18, 2020
• Ford Ranger trucks built between Dec. 9, 2019, and May 19, 2020
• Ford Edge SUVs built between Nov. 13, 2019, and May 26, 2020
• Ford Transit vans built between Oct. 28, 2019, and May 20, 2020
• Ford Super Duty trucks built between Oct. 30, 2019, and May 18, 2020
• Lincoln Corsair SUVs built between Nov. 14, 2019, and May 18, 2020
• Lincoln Nautilus SUVs built between Nov. 21, 2019, and May 26, 2020

The problem: A faulty circuit board that’s part of the backup camera may cause images to be distorted or not show at all while the vehicle is in Reverse. This means the vehicle doesn't meet federal safety standards for rear visibility, which could lead to a crash or injury.

The fix: Ford dealers will replace the entire backup camera free of charge.

How to contact the manufacturer: Ford will contact owners by mail starting on Nov. 7, 2020. Owners may also call Ford at 866-436-7332.

NHTSA campaign number: 20V575. Ford’s own number for this recall is 20C19.

Check to see whether your vehicle has an open recall: NHTSA’s website will tell you whether your vehicle has an open recalls that need to be addressed.

If you plug your car’s 17-digit vehicle identification number (VIN) into NHTSA’s website and a recall doesn’t appear, it means your vehicle doesn’t currently have any. Because automakers issue recalls often, and for many older vehicles, we recommend checking back regularly.

A 2020 Ford Mustang in gray

Editor's note: This story has been updated, removing reference to the Lincoln MKX. Since the documents were filed with NHTSA, Ford has confirmed the MKX is not included in this action.