Ford Motor Co., General Motors, and Rivian recently issued recalls that affect nearly 400,000 U.S. vehicles, reports the NHTSA.
The largest recall affects 277,000 Ford Super Duty vehicles and Lincoln Continental luxury sedans from 2017-2020 model years. According to the recall, the anti-reflective coating on an internal lens on the rearview mirror of these vehicles can degrade from exposure to ultra violet light. This can “lead to a progressively foggy or cloudy rearview camera image,” NHTSA reports. Magna Electronics supplies the faulty rearview camera.
Ford informed U.S. auto safety regulators that it is aware of the warranty reports, which numbered 7,625 for the Ford Super Duty and 1,236 for the Lincoln Continental as of July 13. No accidents or injuries have been reported, the automaker said.
Ford dealers will replace the rearview camera with versions that will not degrade from UV exposure. Ford notified dealers on August 29 and will notify vehicle owners on Sept. 12.
Ford has issued 50 recalls in 2022— the most by any manufacturer. The recalls affect 7.2 million vehicles, according to NHTSA data.
GM has recalled nearly 121,000 Chevy Spark vehicles from the 2013-2015 model years and Spark EVs from the 2014-2015 models years because their hoods may open unexpectedly while driving.
GM already recalled about 89,000 2013-15 model-year Sparks in 2014. The new recall expands the scope of the earlier to include more vehicles that may experience prematurely corroding hood latches.
GM reported it received 276 global field reports related to the defect between Jan. 2, 2015, and May 25, 2022. The automaker also received 22 crash allegations and one minor injury allegation.
Shivani Locks supplies the hood striker and latch assemblies, according to NHTSA.
Dealers will replace the faulty assemblies with ones with a protective coating for improved corrosion resistance.
GM notified dealers on Aug. 25 and will notify owners starting Oct. 10.
Rivian has recalled a small number of electric pickups and SUVs because front seat belt anchors could be improperly secured to the B-pillar and might not adequately restrain an occupant during a crash.
The recall covers 207 R1T pickups and R1S SUVs from the 2022 model year. It marks the second safety recall for the EV startup, according to NHTSA.
Rivian has not received any reports of accidents or injuries related to the defect.
The EV newcomer will resolve the issue by inspecting front seat belt assemblies and properly securing the bolts, if necessary. The automaker will notify customers on Oct. 14.