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Ford Recalls 462,000 Vehicles Worldwide To Fix Rear Video Issues

Ford has recalled 462,000 vehicles to fix problems with their rear-facing imaging systems.

For some reason or other, Ford has had a problem with its rear-facing camera output. Today, the automaker issued a recall for as many as 462,000 vehicles worldwide, according to Reuters, because the rear video output may fail. In turn, this could prevent the rearward camera image from displaying.

Ford Has History Of Rear Camera Recalls

Ford’s troubles with its rearward camera system go back to wiring issues with 2015-2017 Ford Mustangs had problems with their rear camera imaging, and the automaker had to issue a recall then. Some 330,000 Mustangs were involved in this recall.

Meantime, another rear camera recall involved 277,000 Super Duty pickups. And still, another rear camera recall involved some Ford Transit vans.

According to Reuters, Friday’s recall covers some 2020-2023 Explorer, Lincoln Aviator, and 2020-2022 Lincoln Corsair vehicles equipped with 360-degree cameras. The total number of vehicles involved is 462,000, with 382,000 of them in the U.S.

Automaker Has Received Reports of Crashes

Ford has indicated that it has had reports of 17 minor crashes relating to the recall issue. The automaker also indicates it has had more than 2,100 warranty reports, but it has had no reports of injuries.

To fix this problem, dealers will update the imaging processing module software. Vehicles that have already had the recall completed under the old recall will now need the new update.

Ford said Friday that the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) contacted the carmaker with reports of a “blue image in the rear camera display after the completion of the 2021 recall, which prompted the company to investigate,” according to the Reuters report.

NHTSA Opens an Investigation

NHTSA opened a probe into the camera issue in 2021 following Ford’s recall of 620,000 vehicles “for another camera issue.” The agency is continuing to investigate if the automaker “recalled the vehicles in a timely manner and if the automaker recalled enough vehicles.”

The Reuters story alluded that Ford has issued other “camera-related recalls in recent years, including recalling 47,000 U.S. 2021-2022 Bronco vehicles because the rearview camera image may still be displayed after a backing event has ended, which could distract the driver.”

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Marc Stern has been an automotive writer since 1971 when an otherwise normal news editor said, "You're our new car editor," and dumped about 27 pounds of auto stuff on my desk. I was in heaven as I have been a gearhead from my early days. As a teen, I spent the usual number of misspent hours hanging out at gas stations (a big thing in my youth) and working on cars. From there on, it was a straight line to my first column for the paper "You Auto Know," an enterprise I handled faithfully for 32 years. Not many people know that I also handled computer documentation for a good part of my earnings while writing YAN. My best writing, though, was always in cars. My work has appeared in Popular Mechanics, Mechanix Illustrated, AutoWeek, SuperStock, Trailer Life, Old Cars Weekly, Special Interest Autos, etc. You can follow me on: Twitter or Facebook.