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Recall 15V248000

Headlight And Parking Light Output Level Exceeds Federal Standards

Recall Details

The parking lights may not dim from their daytime running lamp illumination level to the proper lower level when the headlights are turned on for use. Dealers will update the lighting control unit software free of charge to resolve the concern.

Our Quick Take

When the headlights are turned on, the parking lights may stay illuminated brightly as they do when daytime running lamps are in use. This could exceed the federal standard for lighting from the vehicle, causing visibility issues for oncoming traffic, resulting in a safety hazard.

What Should You Do?

Recall repairs on your Lincoln must be performed by a Lincoln dealership. Ford will notify known owners of affected vehicles beginning in May, 2015. If you do not receive a notification, but wish to check to see if your vehicle is included, please contact one of your local Lincoln dealerships. They will also check for any other uncompleted recalls on your vehicle. For best results, be prepared to provide your Vehicle Identification Number (VIN) to the service department consultant you speak with. The Ford recall number is 15C02.

Affected Cars

Electrical & Lights, April 27, 2015

Original Recall from the NHTSA

Manufacturer's Report Date
April 27, 2015
NHTSA Action Number
N/A
Potential Number of Units Affected
21,435
NHTSA CAMPAIGN ID Number
15V248000
Component
EXTERIOR LIGHTING
Summary
Ford Motor Company (Ford) is recalling certain model year 2015 Lincoln MKZ vehicles manufactured February 17, 2014, to March 19, 2015, and equipped with daytime running lights (DRL). In the affected vehicles, the parking lights do not reduce their light output from a DRL level when used in conjunction with the headlights. As such, the light output may exceed the the permissable amount allowed by Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard (FMVSS) number 108, "Lamps, Reflective Devices, and Associated Equipment."
Consequence
If the light output is excessive, oncoming traffic may be temporarily blinded, increasing the risk of a crash.
Remedy
Ford has notified owners, and dealers will update the lighting control software, free of charge. The recall began on May 8, 2015. Owners may contact Ford customer service at 1-866-436-7332. Ford's number for the recall is 15C02.
Notify
Owners may also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), or go to www.safercar.gov.
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