Ford Explorer Recalled Due to Roof Rail Concerns

Covers on the rails can come loose while driving

2018 Ford Explorer Ford

Ford is recalling over 620,000 Explorers from the 2016 to 2019 model years because of concerns that roof rail covers may become detached while driving, creating a road hazard. 

Affected Explorer series vehicles include base and XLT trim levels, as well as Police Interceptor and Explorer Sport models with roof rail covers that are painted silver, black, or absolute black.

Ford is not aware of any reports of accidents or injuries related to this condition.

Customers will be notified of this recall beginning the week of June 28.

The Details

Vehicles recalled: 620,483 model-year 2016 to 2019 Ford Explorer SUVs.

The problem: Roof rail covers that may become detached from the vehicle.

The fix: Dealerships will secure the roof rails with plastic push pins.

How to contact the manufacturer: Owners can contact Ford customer service at 800-392-3673.

NHTSA campaign number: A National Highway Traffic Safety Administration number has not been published yet. The Ford reference number for this recall is 21S22.

Check to see whether your vehicle has an open recall: NHTSA’s website will tell you whether your vehicle has any 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 open recalls. Because automakers issue recalls often, and for many older vehicles, we recommend checking back regularly to see whether your vehicle has had a recall issued.

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Jeff S. Bartlett

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