No matter how long someone owns a car with a backup camera, their instinct, if not muscle memory, will likely result in them turning to see where they are going. For many, time passes, and consumers become accustomed to the technology. Others who were not skilled in backing up into a driveway or garage found it much easier by merely looking at a monitor in front, not behind them.
Modern technology has its positives and negatives. While it can make drivers safer, it can also lead to complacency, particularly if a defect exists.
Recently, a high-profile auto manufacturer announced a recall of faulty backup cameras.
Ford has announced that more than 620,000 SUVs, vans, and trucks are being recalled due to backup cameras either displaying a distorted image or nothing at all. Ford cites issues in a circuit board. Regardless of the problem’s source, the camera no longer meets federal safety standards for rear visibility.
Specific vehicles include:
- Trucks – Ford F-150, Ranger, and Super Duty
- SUVs – Ford Edge, Escape, Expedition, and Explorer/Lincoln Corsair, MKX, and Nautilus
- Cars – Ford Mustang couples and convertibles
Also subject to recall are Ford Transit vans.
Vehicle owners wondering if their backup cameras are subject to the recall should visit the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) website and enter the car’s 17-digit vehicle identification number (VIN)
To date, no crashes or resulting injuries have been reported over the defect. Dealers will replace cameras at no charge.