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Why are there so many auto recalls for faulty backup cameras?

Ford is recalling another 277,000 vehicles to address this issue

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Ford Motor Company is recalling 277,040 model year 2017-2020 F-Super Duty F-250s, F-350 s F-450s, and model year 2017-2020 Lincoln Continentals with the 360-degree camera system.

So far this year, the automaker has recalled more than 700,000 vehicles due to camera issues.

In this latest instance, degradation of the camera's anit-reflective lens coating can lead to a foggy or cloudy rearview camera image.

Lack of a clear rearview camera image can reduce the driver's visibility of what is behind the vehicle and increase the risk of a crash.

Ford's camera problems, according to Grant Feek, CEO of TRED, an online automotive marketplace, are caused by a faulty electrical connection.

“The biggest risk factor for camera malfunction is likely the variation in sourcing of electrical components as some combinations of components can give rise to unexpected problems,” Feek told ConsumerAffairs.

He notes that another risk factor is the variability in the way cameras are integrated, and the parts they’re integrated with, which, he says “ are different for each manufacturer and often for each model.”

What to do

When you take your car in for the remedy, dealers will replace the rearview camera free of charge.

Owners should start receiving notification letters shortly after September 12, 2022.

Owners may contact Ford customer service at (866) 436-7332. Ford's number for this recall is 22S51.

Other automakers have had this issue

Ford isn’t the only automaker to struggle with faulty backup cameras. In October 2021, Audi recalled nearly 3,000 vehicles for camera issues caused by a software glitch.

Also last year Daimler Vans recalled a small number of vans because of a delay in the display of the rearview image. Although these cameras are made by only a few manufacturers, Feek doesn’t believe the problems are related.

“Backup camera recalls, which have been issued recently by carmakers including Ford, VW, Mercedes, Subaru, and Dodge, seem to be unrelated, as they have various causes,” Feek said. “VW and Mercedes are software-based, whereas Ford’s were caused by a faulty electrical connection.”

Subaru has also recently issued a recall to correct backup camera issues. Feek says that issue stemmed from an electrical contact that’s prone to corrosion. 

“Dodge Ram trucks’ recall only affected vehicles that were equipped with a specific radio and camera combination, which have proven to be incompatible with one another,” Feek said. “At the end of last year, Tesla issued a backup camera recall that was caused by a kink in a camera cable caused by the trunk closing mechanism. So there does not seem to be one prevailing issue or cause across all of these recalls.”

If there is a common thread to these problems, Feek says it’s likely the variation in sourcing of electrical components, as some combinations of components can give rise to unexpected problems. Another risk factor, he says, is the variability in the way cameras are integrated, and the parts they’re integrated with, which are different for each manufacturer and often for each model.

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