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Ford recalls 620K Explorer vehicles to fix roof rail cover issue

No crashes, injuries reported from issue

In this Sunday, April 25, 2021, photograph, the blue oval logo of Ford Motor Company is shown in east Denver.  Ford plans to open a battery development center near Detroit by the end of next year. The company said the 200,000-square-foot facility will have equipment to design, test and even do small-scale manufacturing of battery cells and packs. The lab also will develop electronic controls, software and other items as Ford moves more of the process in house. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)
In this Sunday, April 25, 2021, photograph, the blue oval logo of Ford Motor Company is shown in east Denver. Ford plans to open a battery development center near Detroit by the end of next year. The company said the 200,000-square-foot facility will have equipment to design, test and even do small-scale manufacturing of battery cells and packs. The lab also will develop electronic controls, software and other items as Ford moves more of the process in house. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski) (Copyright 2021 The Associated Press. All rights reserved.)

DEARBORN, Mich. – Ford is recalling more than 620,000 Explorer vehicles to fix an issue with the roof rail cover.

Here’s the info from Ford:

Ford Motor Company is issuing a safety recall for select 2016-19 Ford Explorer vehicles for roof rail covers that may become detached from the vehicle while driving and create a hazard for others on the road.

Affected Explorer series vehicles include base and XLT trim levels, as well as Police Interceptor and Explorer Sport models with roof rail covers that are painted Silver, Black or Absolute Black.

This action affects 620,483 vehicles in the U.S. and federal territories, 36,419 in Canada and 4,260 in Mexico.

Ford is not aware of any reports of accidents or injuries related to this condition.

Dealers will secure the roof rails with plastic push pins. Customer notifications will begin the week of June 28. The Ford reference number for this recall is 21S22.


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