The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) Office of Defects Investigation (ODI) is evaluating 2011-2019 Ford Explorers with respect to allegations that windshield trim panels may detach when driving at “highway speeds.”
According to documentation filed by ODI, a preliminary evaluation of the reported issue opened on January 27, 2023.
“A windshield trim panel can detach while driving at highway speeds,” ODI writes. “This could cause the detached piece to hit the windshield of a vehicle, or even a motorcyclist, following behind the subject vehicle and cause a loss of vehicle control and a crash.”
An estimated 1,864,480 2011-2019 Ford Explorer vehicles may be affected by the recall. As of the start of the evaluation, ODI had received 164 complaints on those model-year vehicles. However, no crashes or injuries have been reported.
“Some of the complaints reported that the driver of the vehicle following behind the subject Ford vehicle allegedly was startled when the trim piece hit the windshield and momentarily lost control of the vehicle,” ODI continues.
The office’s evaluation will assess the scope, frequency and consequences of the alleged defect. The evaluation will close once the manufacturer is notified of recall recommendations or no defects are identified.