Ford recalling 600K Explorer SUVs over reported roof cover detachments

ROCHESTER, N.Y. (WHEC) — Ford Motor Co is recalling 661,000 Explorer SUVs at the request of U.S. regulators because it says retention pins could loosen and allow roof rail covers to detach from the vehicle.

In a document, the company says the recall covers 2016 through 2019 model year vehicles. Dealers will install push pins and replace any damaged rail clips and roof rail covers.

Ford said it was initially contacted by the National Traffic Highway Association last year after a report of at least 11 incidents, but a recall was not necessary at the time.

The SUVs covered by the recall have roof rail covers that are painted silver, black or absolute black. Customer notifications will begin the week of June 28.

Ford told NBC News it was not aware of any injuries or deaths related to the reports.