Ford Recalls 47,000 SUVs Over Faulty Rear View Cameras
The dangers of distracted driving are hardly new. Even taking your eyes off the road for a second can be potentially devastating when driving at high speeds. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) estimates that an average of 30,000 accidents each year are caused by distracted drivers ; 400 of these crashes are fatal.
What triggered the Bronco recall?
According to Ford, the image from the rear view camera on some Ford Broncos continues to be displayed on the dashboard even after the vehicle is disengaged from the reverse position. Ford and NHTSA’s concerns are that a rear view image could distract drivers and increase the chance of an accident.
The root of the problem lies in the SYNC technology software, which allows for hands-free voice communications and navigation without proper setup when the driver is operating the vehicle in 4-Low mode.
What should I do if my Ford Bronco has been recalled?
The recalled Ford Bronco models were produced between September 23, 2020 and May 18, 2022. You can bring your vehicle to the dealership to have the issue fixed, although Ford will also be rolling out an over-the-air software update that fixes the issue. The SYNC system issues automatically. This means you don’t have to physically bring your vehicles to your local dealership to fix a recall issue (but you can if you want to).
The Broncos had another recent recall at the end of June after Ford noted that around 63,000 models could have their windshields detached, increasing the risk of injury. In the weeks leading up to this recall, approximately 53,000 Broncos were recalled due to rear doors opening despite the child safety lock being engaged.
If you are the owner, expect a camera recall notification letter to be mailed to you on December 19, 2022. If you have any questions, please contact Ford Customer Service at 1-866-436-7332. The Ford number for this review is 22C27. To contact the NHTSA Vehicle Safety Hotline, call 1-888-327-4236 or visit their website . Their NHTSA campaign number for this recall is 22V825000.