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Ford Recalls 650,000 Explorer SUVs to Fix Faulty Roof Rack Parts

Owners of more than 650,000 Ford Explorer SUVs will soon be receiving a recall notice instructing them to visit their local dealer to have repairs performed on their roof racks.

The recall covers 2016 through 2019 model years of the popular Explorer SUV. Around 657,000 Explorers left the factory with roof rail covers that may come loose and eventually separate from the SUVs at speed. The potentially faulty parts were only fitted to certain trim levels.

The fix, which will be performed free of charge, involves the installation of new plastic push pins.

Ford says the recall includes the base and XLT trim levels as well as the Explorer Sport. Additionally, the recall covers the Explorer-based Police Interceptor vehicles used by various government agencies across the country. Explorer Limited and Platinum trim levels were fitted with a different roof rack design and are not affected by the recall.

The Explorer was updated for the 2016 model year and then redesigned for 2020.

The automaker will begin alerting owners of affected vehicles during the week of June 28, though Ford did not say when its dealers will actually start stocking parts to fix affected Explorer models. Find a Ford Explorer for sale

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Andrew Ganz is an author specializing in helping in-market consumers get the most bang for their buck -- and the best car, while they're at it. When not virtually shopping for new and used cars, Andrew can probably be found under the hood of a vintage classic that's rapidly losing fluids.

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