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Going for the hardtop often has benefits because it’s the more reliable choice. However, some Ford Bronco hardtop owners are struggling as the hardtop windows fall off. In fact, this Ford Bronco problem is so widespread that it faces a recall. 

Ford Bronco hardtop recall alert due to failing windows 

Going for a Ford Bronco hardtop model should provide a few benefits. For example, hardtops are more durable than softtops, less prone to leaking, and offer more sound-deadening materials. 

However, if you have a 2023 or 2024 Bronco model with a hardtop then you could have a new headache to face. The windows are at risk of falling out while driving. 

This has led to a recall that includes roughly 7,527 models built between November 6 and December 6, 2023. 

Ford thinks that 46% of the models included could have this problem and noted that Bronco Heritage models aren’t included because it has a different rear window attachment mechanism. 

The rear quarter windows require two priming steps before being installed on the hardtop surface. However, these SUVs are being recalled because one of the primer layers may not have been applied to the glass surface at the sub-assembly facility. 

As a result, the windows may loosen and fall off, creating road hazards and increasing the risk of injuries and accidents. 

The 2024 Ford Bronco off-roading in mud
2024 Ford Bronco | Ford

Ford will begin notifying Bronco owners at risk by April 8. If your Bronco model is included, you will need to visit a local dealership for service. Technicians will inspect the rear windows and replace the windows as necessary for free. 

You may notice that the windows are becoming loose if you experience more wind noise than normal, hear rattling sounds, or experience leaking windows before they fall off. 

Ford is currently unaware of any accidents, warranty claims, injuries, field reports, or customer complaints related to this problem. 

While quality checks missed the issue, Ford discovered the defect during routine testing on December 4, 2023. The issue was discovered during an X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy analysis and while interviewing supplier personnel.