Ford Recalls 620,000 Explorers for Loose Roof Rail Covers
- Ford announced that it is recalling 620,483 Explorer SUVs for roof rail covers that may become loose and fall off onto the road.
- The recall includes model year 2016 to 2019 Explorer base, XLT, Sport, and Police Interceptor models.
- Ford will notify owners of the recall starting the week of June 28.
Ford is issuing a recall on 620,483 Explorer mid-size SUVs in the United States because of roof rail covers that might become unattached and cause a hazard on the road for other drivers. The recall affects model year 2016 to 2019 base, XLT, Sport, and Police Interceptor Explorers with silver, black, or Absolute Black roof rails.
In April 2020, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) began investigating 11 reports that said the covers detached during driving, and it notified Ford the following month. Ford originally said that it would cover the issue with an extended warranty to 10 years/150,000 miles but has now agreed to NHTSA's request for a recall. Ford says that it is not aware of any accidents or injuries because of the loose roof rail covers.
Owners will be notified of the recall starting the last week of June, and dealers will fix the issue by installing plastic push pins to secure the roof rail covers and replacing any damaged pieces. Meanwhile, owners can check the NHTSA recalls site to find out if their vehicle is involved and to stay informed.