This affects the 2015 to 2017 model years.
If you're the owner of a 2015 to 2017 model year Ford Mustang then this could affect you. The American automaker has announced a recall consisting of over 330,000 Mustangs from those model years due to defective backup cameras, a federally mandated feature. It's possible those cameras' screens could suddenly go blank or become distorted. Ford has pinpointed the problem to wiring that might be loose or damaged. Without those backup cameras working as they should, there's a far greater likelihood of a crash or accident in general.
There are actually two issues associated with the recall. The first are cameras installed in the muscle cars built from May 2014 through February 2015 that had improper soldering on a single circuit board.
The second is a wiring harness Ford used starting in February 2014 until October 2017 that could potentially become damaged due to the trunk opening and closing. Ford says the problem areas were discovered following an increase in repair rates. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), over 8,500 warranty claims were filed related to these issues. Ford's investigation led it to a supplier that made a production change. Affected owners will begin to be notified by mail on March 7, 2022.
A second letter will be sent once the specific parts are ready. They'll be instructed to bring their Mustangs to their nearest Ford or Lincoln dealership. Technicians will have to repair the decklid wiring harness and, if deemed necessary, replace the camera itself.
These repairs, of course, will be done free of charge. Furthermore, Ford will reimburse owners who previously paid for repairs for this now-confirmed defect. So far, Ford says it's aware of two minor crashes specifically related to the problem. The good news is that there haven't been any injuries, minor or serious.
Those who own Mustangs, regardless of what's under the hood, can already go to the NHTSA's official website to enter their car's 17-digit VIN number to see if it's included in the recall. If nothing appears, then you're all good. If there's a notification, you'll be hearing from Ford shortly.