a close up photo of Ford F-150 headlights — recalled because their daytime running lights can stay on even when the low-beams are on

Ford is recalling over 217,000 of its popular F-150 pickup trucks because their headlights may be so bright that they reduce visibility for other drivers.

The recall involves F-150s from the 2018 through 2020 model years that are equipped with optional LED headlights. The problem stems from the headlight switch software. When drivers turn on their low-beam headlights manually, the switch fails to also dim the truck’s daytime running lights. As a result, both are illuminated at the same time, so the lights can be too bright for other drivers, increasing the risk of a crash. This problem doesn't occur when the switch is left in the “Auto” position.

Ford hasn't said when it will contact owners of the recalled vehicles, but when ready, dealers will update the software to fix the problem free of charge. The automaker said in a statement that it’s unaware of any crashes or injuries related to the recall. 

The Details

Vehicles recalled: 217,785 Ford F-150 pickup trucks manufactured between Jan. 5, 2017, and Oct. 10, 2019. Only vehicles with LED headlights are being recalled.

The problem: When the headlight switch is manually moved to turn on the low beams, the daytime running lights stay illuminated as well.

The fix: Ford dealers will update the software that controls the headlights free of charge.

How to contact the manufacturer: Owners may contact Ford customer service at 800-392-3673. Ford’s reference number for this recall is 20C03.

NHTSA campaign number: 20V097000.

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