More than 228,000 Ford Explorer, Lincoln Aviator, and Lincoln Corsair SUVs from the 2020 and 2021 model years are being recalled to fix a faulty backup camera. According to Consumer Reports, the software issue could prevent the backup camera’s image from displaying on the infotainment screen inside the vehicle when the reverse gear is engaged. The fault increases the risk of a driver backing over a person or object because they could not see what was behind the vehicle.
Details of the Recall
This recall affects only vehicles that are equipped with a 360-degree camera. Models that have just a rearview camera are not included in this recall. Documents from Ford and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) state that the automaker is aware of two reported crashes and is unaware of any injuries resulting from this defect.
The precise problem is that the feed from one or more cameras in the 360-degree system may not display properly on the center screen. This could prevent the driver from seeing what is behind the vehicle when reversing. Once this happens, the problem is likely to recur on the same camera.
The recall covers 165,191 Ford Explorer models, 46,098 Lincoln Aviator models, and 17,008 Lincoln Corsair models. Ford will notify vehicle owners by mail beginning Oct. 7. Ford and Lincoln dealers will update vehicle software free of charge. If you own one of these vehicles and have questions, contact Ford customer service at 866-436-7332.
The danger of Defective Backup Cameras
NHTSA announced back in March 2014 that it would require all vehicles sold in the United States built beginning in May 2018 to include backup cameras. At least 50 children are being backed over by vehicles every week, according to the advocacy website, KidsandCars.org, in the United States.
Most victims in such cases are toddlers between 12 months and 23 months. Over 60% of back-over accidents involve a larger size vehicle such as a truck, van, or SUV.
When a back-over accident occurs due to defective backup cameras, the automaker can be held liable for the injuries, damages, and losses caused. If you or a loved one has been injured as a result of these or other vehicle defects, you may be able to seek compensation for damages, including medical expenses, lost income, hospitalization, cost of rehabilitation, pain and suffering, and emotional distress.
An experienced auto defect lawyer will be able to remain on your side, fight for your rights and help you secure maximum compensation for your tremendous losses.