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The Ford Bronco Does It Again, Soft Top Fails in Snowstorm Leaving Owner Appalled

Despite its huge success, the Ford Bronco was recalled seven times last year for various problems, pointing to a quality control problem at Ford. In the latest development, a Canadian owner found its Bronco’s interior filled with snow following a snowstorm.
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The Ford Bronco is arguably one of the most popular vehicles released last year in the U.S. Despite its success, the Bronco’s career was not exactly spotless. On the contrary, we might say Ford’s off-roader was one of the most recalled cars in history, with most of the problems recorded for the Made in Mexico Bronco Sport.

The compact-sized crossover has been previously recalled for inadequate lubrication in the rear-drive unit (January), missing or loose rear suspension bolts (February), incorrect front lower control arms (February), and a fuel delivery module that may leak (August). Those were followed by incorrectly folded airbags (October), inadequate bonding of the moonroof glass panel (October), and incorrectly manufactured rear brake linings (December).

In the latest of Ford Bronco blunders, an unlucky owner found his car filled with snow after a snowstorm hit his hometown of Tuktoyaktuk in northern Canada. Tyrone Raddi shared his misfortune on Facebook, saying he parked his car outside with the soft top supposedly firmly in place. Nevertheless, he found the car’s interior completely covered in snow, including the engine. Later on, Mr. Raddi deleted his video and said he never wanted to be critical with Ford, but only to share his issue with the car he bought.

Of course, this shouldn’t have happened had the Bronco had a hardtop. This looks like a problem caused by the powerful blizzard, though, considering the car’s hood also failed to prevent the snow from entering the engine bay. Nevertheless, several Bronco owners took to forums and shared their opinion that Bronco’s soft top has a problem.

“The issue that caused this also happened with mine and many other Bronco owners,” one reader wrote on the Bronco6G forum. “The trucks are being delivered with tops that will not latch into place at the midpoint connection and the front at the same time. I luckily found mine early and was able to make adjustments so it would fit. I can easily see how someone in a cold-weather environment would not notice this on a new vehicle as they probably have not messed with the top at all.”

It turns out, some Bronco owners have difficulties securing their roofs' midpoint latches, and this could be down to either a manufacturing problem or the owner’s mistake. Many reported a 60-mph crosswind is enough to warp the Bronco’s soft top and allow a draft into the cabin. This is most probably what happened with Mr. Raddi’s Bronco too.


 
 
 
 
 

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