Ford is recalling certain 2020 Expedition and 2020 Lincoln Navigator SUVs because the automatic emergency braking system in these vehicles may not work as intended. According to Consumer Reports, the recalled vehicles are equipped with nonfunctioning Pre-Collision Assist features, a system that includes a forward collision warning and an automatic emergency braking system. The driver may not receive a warning that the systems are not working properly.
Details of the Recall
An inoperative Pre-Collision Assist system may not detect an imminent collision and reduce the severity of an impact. This problem only affects models equipped with the standard camera-only Pre-Collision Assist system. Vehicles built with the optional radar-plus-camera Pre-Collision Assist system are not affected. Of the 25,081 recalled SUVs, only 187 are Navigators. So far, Ford is not aware of any accident or injury reports related to this condition.
This problem was discovered at a time when the factory had been closed due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Once production resumes, the updated software will be used in all new vehicles going forward. When the recall begins, dealerships will reprogram the body control module, antilock braking system, instrument panel cluster and headlamp control modules. The tire pressure monitor system will need to be reset as well. The work will be done free of charge to consumers as required under federal law. Vehicle owners may contact Ford customer service at 866-436-7332.
Auto Product Liability Issues
Based on this report, a software error in some models can mean that a vital safety system is inoperative and the driver might not be warned. These types of software glitches are extremely common these days, but they can also be dangerous when they affect vehicle functioning. Auto manufacturers have a responsibility to manufacture vehicles that are safe for consumers. When there are defects with their vehicles, it is important that they recall them promptly, provide consumers with prompt options for repairs and provide those repairs at no cost.
If you or a loved one has been injured by a vehicle defect, you may be able to seek compensation for damages such as medical expenses, lost income, hospitalization, cost of rehabilitation, permanent injuries, disabilities, pain and suffering and emotional distress. An experienced auto defect lawyer will be able to help victims and their families better understand their legal rights and options.