Automakers announced two major recalls this week. The recalls impact a wide variety of makes and models, so read on to find out if your vehicle is involved.
The first of the recalls comes from Fiat Chrysler, an automaker conglomerate that includes Chrysler, Dodge, and Jeep. The backup cameras in these vehicles do not meet federal safety regulations.
The backup camera may not turn off “until a drive cycle ends,” according to documents filed with the National Highway Safety Traffic Administration. Federal regulations only permit a 10-second window for the camera to turn off.
Here’s a complete lineup of the recalled makes and models:
The affected vehicles are equipped with an 8.4-inch or 12-inch “infotainment system.” Owners may notice that their screen lingers on the backup camera view instead of reverting the regular display when not reversing.
Fiat Chrysler expects to start notifying registered owners of the recall soon. The fix should begin rollout by May 22. The infotainment system software will be updated with a patch that can be applied remotely or at a dealership.
The second recall of the week comes from Ford. The American automaker is recalling 68,000 2020 F-150s, Rangers, and Expeditions with 10-speed automatic transmissions. Only the Expeditions with the police prep package are affected.
These vehicles may have a faulty part that can cause the gearshift to improperly communicate with the transmission. The clip that holds the gearshift cable and the transmission together might be loose. If that’s the case and the cable comes loose, the vehicle might not register what gear the driver has selected. The vehicle could roll unless the parking brake is also applied.
That’s a major issue if a driver believes they have put the vehicle in park. Instead, it might still be in drive. If you are currently driving one of the vehicles named above, you should always engage the parking brake just in case.
Look for a recall notice soon. Ford plans to inspect and secure the locking clip to fix the issue.
As ever, if you think your vehicle might be involved in an active recall, visit the NHTSA website and enter your VIN in the database. You can find the VIN (that’s the vehicle identification number) on the driver’s side door frame, below the window on the driver’s side, or on your registration car.
Vehicle recalls never expire, so if you can’t get to the dealership, don’t worry. You’ll still be able to receive free service and parts to address the recall once it’s safe for us all to go outside again.