Michigan's Ford recalls 661,000 Explorer SUVs in North America



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Michigan's Ford recalls 661,000 Explorer SUVs in North America

Ford Motor Co., the Dearborn, Michigan-headquartered 118-year-old American multinational automotive tycoon, has been recalling as many as 661,000 Explorer SUVs (Sports Utility Vehicles) in Northern America following request of US regulators over concerns that the SUVs’ retention pins might slacken off which in effect could detach roof rail covers from vehicles, the US automaker said in a document published late on Sunday.

Aside from that, according to the document made public late in the day, Ford Motor Co.’s recall of 661,000 Explorer SUVs would involve units between model year 2016 and 2019. Ford Motor Co., the United States’ third-largest carmaker by market valuation behind General Motors and Tesla Inc, in tandem, had added that its regional dealers would install push-pins and restore any roof rail covers alongside damaged rail clips.

Ford to recall 661,000 Explorer SUVs in North America

On top of that, according to Ford Motor Co. document posted late on Sunday, latest move from the US auto industry giant to recall as many as 661,000 Explorer SUVs in N.

America comes over the heels of a US NHTSA (National Highway Traffic Safety Administration) inquiry regarding the subject-matter dated back in early 2020 following 11 complaints of roof rail cover displacement. Shortly after the query, the US NHTSA had requested Ford a recall on April 2020 that the carmaker claimed initially was not required citing an ultra-low probability of detaching a roof rail given its small weight, however, despite Ford’s failed attempt to avert a recall by extending its warranty to cover the issue about 10 years on November 2020, the Detroit carmaker had finally agreed to a recall on April 30, the document said.

Nevertheless, a spokeswoman for Ford Motor Co. said following the announcement that, thus far, no accidents or injuries linked to the issue had been reported.