Ford hasn’t had the best luck with rear cameras in recent years, as it has been forced to issue recalls for over 700,000 Blue Oval and Lincoln vehicles related to this issue, including, most recently, 2020-2021 Ford Escape and Lincoln Corsair models with failing rear cameras, as well as 2020-2021 Ford Explorer and Lincoln Aviator models with the same problem. Now, those troubles have extended to the 2015-2017 Ford Mustang rear camera, which has prompted a new class-action lawsuit in Massachusetts, according to Car Complaints.
The Ford Mustang rear camera issue stems from the wiring harness located in the car’s trunk lid, which reportedly features inflexible solder joints, which makes them prone to fatigue and breaking. Additionally, Ford’s technical service bulletin (TSB) related to this problem reportedly only makes things worse. Technicians are instructed to splice a new wire into the harness to replace the broken wire, then create two new solder joints for each wire replaced, which reportedly makes them even more prone to breaking.
Thus, the class-action lawsuit – Davis, et al., v. Ford Motor Company – is seeking retribution for this ongoing issue, though it currently only includes Massachusetts-based entities and consumers. Since the wiring for the rear camera is bundled together with wiring for the trunk release, satellite radio antenna, and trunk light, those features are also prone to failure, the lawsuit alleges.
The lawsuit is seeking a more permanent solution for the problem and calls for Ford to recall affected vehicles to properly repair the wiring harness. So far, the automaker has not commented on the issue, but the lawsuit claims that it has been aware of this problem for several years, as the TSB regarding the wiring issues was created back in 2018.