By David Shepardson
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Ford Motor Co is recalling 661,000 Explorer sport utility vehicles in North America at the request of U.S. regulators because the retaining pins could loosen and allow the roof rail covers to dislodge from the roof rail. vehicle.
The overhaul covers vehicle models from 2016 to 2019. Dealers will install pressure pins and replace damaged rail clips and roof rail covers.
The second-largest automaker in the United States said in documents released Sunday that the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration first asked about the problem in early 2020 after 11 reports of the car’s cover detachment. the ceiling.
In April, it asked Ford to issue a recall, which the automaker had initially said was not necessary due to the low likelihood of a roof rail detaching, its small weight, and the fact that drivers will likely they would detect a loose roof rail covering, according to the documents.
The company said in November it would extend its warranty to cover the problem for 10 years or 150,000 miles before accepting the recall on April 30.
A Ford spokeswoman said Sunday that the firm is not aware of any related accidents or injuries.
Vehicles covered by the recall have roof rail covers painted silver, black, or absolute black. Customer notifications will begin the week of June 28. The topic includes 620,483 vehicles in the United States, 36,419 in Canada and 4,260 in Mexico.
(Reporting by David Shepardson, Edited in Spanish by Manuel Farías)