On May 17, 2022, Ford announced a recall of around 39,000 Ford Expeditions and Lincoln Navigators from the 2021 model year due to engine fire risk. Ford is warning vehicle owners to “park their vehicles outside due to the risk of fire,” per an NHTSA press release. Our auto defect attorneys are now investigating legal claims on behalf of Ford vehicle owners who may be impacted by this recall.
Ford warns consumers of engine fires in Ford Expeditions and Lincoln Navigators
According to Consumer Reports, Ford opened an investigation on March 24, 2022, following reports of engine fires and one report of a melted battery junction box on 2021 Expeditions. As of May 12, 2022, Ford is aware of 16 fires under the hood, 12 of which occurred while the vehicles were parked and shut off, 3 of which occurred while the vehicles were being driven, and one of which occurred while the vehicle was parked and turned on, according to Consumer Reports. ABCNews reports that Ford knows of one person who was burned due to an engine fire.
Now, Ford is “asking owners of 350,000 vehicles to take them to dealers for repairs in three recalls, including about 39,000 that should be parked outdoors because the engines can catch fire,” as reported by ABCNews. Some vehicle owners “have reported a burning smell and smoke from the front passenger engine compartment while driving,” as stated in the manufacturers’ recall notice with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA).
Ford engine fire recall list:
The following vehicles have been recalled due to engine fire risk:
- 2021 Ford Expedition
- 2021 Lincoln Navigator
According to the NHTSA, Ford is in the process of developing “a list of vehicle owners and addresses,” and consumers will be notified by letter about the recall around May 30, 2022. At this time, Ford believes the fires are limited to SUVs built from Dec. 1, 2020, to April 30, 2021, as detailed in Ford’s May 17 recall notice. Ford does not know the cause of the fires or know any remedies at this time, per the NHTSA recall notice.
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