A recall announcement posted on cnbc.com reports that the Ford Motor Company is expanding its recall of Ford Expedition and Lincoln Navigator SUVs sold in the United States. Ford has also asked owners of the recalled SUVs to park their vehicles outside due to a spontaneous fire problem. The fire can start even when the ignition switches are turned off. Ford announced on Friday that the recall affects another 100,000 SUVs. This fire issue is a different issue from the previous engine fire recall.
Last May, Ford Motor Company issued a recall of approximately 39,000 Lincoln Navigator and Ford Expedition SUVs sold in the United States. Ford also warns owners of the recalled SUVs to park the vehicles outside and away from homes or buildings. Last Friday, Ford expanded that recall to include 66,000 more vehicles that were manufactured in 2021 after it received five more fire complaints.
Ford initially did not understand what was causing the vehicle fires. However, the company announced that it traced the cause to circuit boards that are prone to electrical shorts. Ford states that it has received reports of twenty-one fires and at least one injury.
The defective circuit boards are used in the battery junction box. Ford dealerships will examine the battery junction box for heat damage and will replace it if needed. Ford will also either repair or remove the cooling fan ground wire that is connected to the junction box. The auto parts are expected to be made available in September. Ford said that approximately one-third of the recalled SUVs could be corrected immediately by taking out the ground wire.
The other safety recall involves some 2020 through 2022 Lincoln Corsair, Ford Escape SUVs , and some Ford Maverick pickup trucks. All of the affected vehicles have a 2.5-liter hybrid or plug-in hybrid powertrains. Ford stated that when the recalled vehicle engine fails, substantial amounts of fuel vapors can leak onto hot engine parts, inducing a fire. Ford stated that it received twenty-three worldwide reports worldwide of fires. When an engine fails due to a crankshaft machining issue, the vehicle can cause an accident.
This recall repair will not address the engine failure problems. Ford stated that engine failures are rare, with about 0.17 repairs per 1,000 motor vehicles. Ford dealerships will drill drain holes into the under-hood shield and replace the active grille shutters to reduce under-hood temperatures under the ignition points and permit more airflow. The affected truck owners will be notified beginning Aug 8.
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