Recall alert: Ford Explorer roof rail covers could fly off

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Ford is recalling approximately 616,000 Explorer SUVs from model years 2016 to 2019 because their roof rail covers can fly off at high speed. We probably don’t need to explain why you don’t want this to happen.

Roof rail covers are held in place by retention pins which may loosen over time. In the event of failure, the rail covers could fly off in traffic. The recall involves Explorer in the Base, Police, XLT or Sport trim levels with roof rail covers painted in black, absolute black or silver.

The recall does not apply to metal clad roof rail covers. If you are unsure if your roof rail covers are plated or painted, watch the mail for notification or call your local Ford dealership to ask.

Homeowners may hear increased wind noise if their roof rail covers are loose.

Dealers will replace the retaining pins with a new design and replace any roof rail covers that appear damaged. Recall repairs are always free.

Many cars are recalled at some point in their service life. Automakers try to contact every owner to ask them to have the vehicle repaired. But they rarely reach all of them, leaving millions of cars to roll with recalled parts. Check if your car has already been recalled at our recall center.

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