The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) is looking into whether Ford Motor Company acted quickly enough during its backup camera recall last year, the Associated Press and other media outlets report.
In 2020, Ford recalled more than 600,000 Ford and Lincoln vehicles because there was a problem with the backup camera. When the vehicles were put in reverse gear, the camera image became distorted or would simply not show up at all.
The problem was traced back to a poor connection in the camera, but an investigation has now been launched into the recall.
Details and Background of the Investigation
Ford issued the recall in phases. The automaker said it initially noticed the issue in early 2020 through warranty claims. From there it went internal until the agency tipped Ford off about an increasing number of people complaining about the vehicles. At an August meeting, Ford showed the agency data that indicated high failure rates on some of the models.
Now, NHTSA is looking into whether Ford acted quickly enough with the recall. The agency is also looking into whether the company was or wasn’t thorough with its internal investigation. Some vehicles may have been picked up by the recall.
It is also unclear whether this investigation will look into the recent recall in April of the Lincoln Aviator and its backup camera. That adds up to another 35,000 vehicles. In that case, the image-processing module was intermittently unable to provide a video feed to the display screen. When that happens, the driver won’t benefit from the backup camera when the vehicle is in reverse. Ford has said it is cooperating with NHTSA on the investigation.
Backup Cameras and Safety
Since May 2018, federal law has required that all new passenger cars, trucks, vans, and other vehicles weighing less than 10,000 pounds must be equipped with rearview monitoring technology. In most cases, that means rear-mounted video cameras. Government statistics show that lack of backup cameras or similar technology results in about 210 deaths and 15,000 injuries each year from back-over accidents. Sadly, 31% of those fatalities involve children under the age of 5.
In this particular case, NHTSA is looking into whether Ford issued a timely recall for vehicles where the backup cameras were not functioning properly. This is a violation of federal law. The agency is also looking into whether Ford included all vehicles that were supposed to have been included.
If you or a loved one has been injured as the result of a defective auto, you may be able to seek compensation for injuries, damages, and losses. An experienced auto defect lawyer will be able to guide you through the process and help you recover maximum compensation for your losses.