Ford/Lincoln Bumper Cover Repairability Position Statement

Ford/Lincoln released position statements on May 3rd, 2021, about repairing bumper covers on vehicles with advanced driver assistance systems (ADAS).

According to the Ford Bumper Fascia Repair With Advanced Driver Assistance Systems (ADAS) statement and the Lincoln Bumper Fascia Repair With Advanced Driver Assistance Systems (ADAS) position statement, refinishing is the only option for repair on bumper covers for ADAS equipped vehicles.

To be more specific, the following is NOT ALLOWED:

  • Use of any filler materials or reinforcement tapes to repair substrate damage
  • Use of hot staples or plastic welding to repair cracks or damage
  • Repair of any sonic-welded sensor retainer rings or tabs
Lincoln statement

Topcoat finish total thickness cannot exceed 12 mils, and the documents state that measurement of the topcoat requires an ultrasonic paint thickness gauge.

The documents also note that the use of wraps, bumper stickers, and aftermarket accessories in the areas of the fascia (bumper cover) can create "system operation concerns".

You can view Ford position statements and Lincoln position statements on the RTS website.

For additional Ford/Lincoln information, check out the following pages:
Ford OEM Information
Lincoln OEM Information

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