On September 5, 2023, Ford announced a recall for its 2023 Edge model, citing concerns over the front right headlight's brightness and alignment. These issues not only pose a risk of blinding oncoming drivers but also breach federal safety regulations.
The Scope of the Recall
- Over 8,500 Ford Edge SUVs are under scrutiny to determine if their right headlight assemblies warrant replacements.
- The root of the problem lies in the misalignment between the folder assembly and the high beam reflector within the Bi-LED module. This misalignment was described by Ford as causing a "yellow halo condition."
How the Issue Came to Light
- The anomaly was first spotted in May at an assembly plant when a Ford Edge headlight displayed the yellow halo condition.
- Out of six such headlights identified by assembly workers, the supplier confirmed that four failed to comply with federal standards concerning linearity and photometric intensity.
- Ford's investigation into the supplier's production records from May to June 2023 revealed that headlights manufactured between January 10 and January 17, 2023, might be defective. Initially, this was estimated to be 5,445 units, but the figure was later revised to 8,523.
- In a subsequent test conducted by the supplier in June, 102 headlights from the aforementioned production dates were examined. Seven of these did not meet the required standards.
- As of August 2023, there have been no reports of warranty claims, incidents, or injuries linked to the headlight issue.
- Ford will be dispatching recall letters to affected owners on October 9, 2023.
Next Steps for Ford Edge Owners
If you own a 2023 Ford Edge and have concerns about this recall, you can reach out to Ford at 866-436-7332, referencing the Edge headlight recall number 23C26.