Ford announces fix for 2021 Expedition and Lincoln Navigator fires
In the midst of Might, Ford introduced a recall of round 39,000 Ford Expeditions and Lincoln Navigators from the 2021 mannequin 12 months attributable to fires beginning below the hoods of the SUVs. On the time, Ford had acquired 16 incident stories, 14 of them occurring with rental automobiles. The automaker cautioned homeowners to park their automobiles outdoors and away from buildings whereas engineers found out what was occurring and the way to repair the issue. Since that Might announcement, 5 extra fires have been reported, 4 of them rental automobiles, and there is been one burn damage. The corporate introduced it understands the issue and has a repair, on the similar time widening the scope of probably affected automobiles. As an alternative of recalling 39,013 models constructed between December 1, 2020, and April 30, 2021, the recall now consists of 66,221 automobiles assembled from July 27, 2020, to Aug. 31, 2021.
The suspected perpetrator is a circuit board supplied by a provider that modified manufacturing location throughout the pandemic. Ford’s press launch on the matter said that “circuit boards produced at this facility are uniquely inclined to a high-current quick.”
The affected automobiles are fitted with both an 800-watt or 700-watt cooling fan system. A couple of third of the recalled inhabitants are fitted with the previous, and may get a fast repair on the supplier. On these SUVs, techs will examine the battery junction field. In the event that they discover proof of melting, they’re going to substitute the entire field. If not, they’re going to merely take away the engine fan floor wire that runs to the battery junction field; since this floor relay is redundant, the change does not alter operation of the followers.
Homeowners with the 700-watt system may want to attend till September for a repair. These automobiles want an auxiliary relay field with a wire jumper, however the components aren’t out there now.
Ford’s notifying all homeowners through the FordPass app, and can comply with up with homeowners of the 700-watt cooling system as soon as the components are in inventory. Till their automobiles are mounted, Ford says the SUVs are protected to drive however that they need to nonetheless be parked outdoors and away from buildings. The considerably blended messaging — ‘Sure, your automobiles are protected to drive, however they may catch fireplace so do not park them close to something flammable’ — inspired a bunch of householders to file go well with towards Ford.
Homeowners with questions can contact Ford customer support at 866-436-7332 and reference recall No. 22S36. Or they’ll get in contact with the Nationwide Freeway Site visitors Security Administration Car Security Hotline at 888-327-4236 (TTY 800-424-9153) and cite marketing campaign quantity 22V346000.