Ford Expedition and Lincoln Navigator Recalled for Fire Risk

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The automaker says to park these full-sized SUVs outside, away from structures

2021 Ford Expedition

By Jon Linkov

Ford Motor Company is recalling nearly 40,000 Ford Expedition and Lincoln Navigator SUVs from the 2021 model year because of the risk of fire in the engine compartment. Owners of the two vehicles included in the recall should park them outside and away from any structure until the recall is performed.

A Ford spokesman told Consumer Reports that “customers with unique circumstances that could prevent them from following these recall instructions should contact their dealer, Ford Customer Relationship Center, or Lincoln Concierge.”

According to documents provided by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, Ford has not yet identified a cause for the fires and does not have a remedy.

Ford’s Critical Concern Review Group (CCRG) opened an investigation on March 24, 2022, after eight reports of underhood engine fires and one report of a melted battery junction box on 2021 Expeditions. Of those initial eight fire allegations, six occurred when the vehicles were parked and shut off, and the other two occurred while driving.

As of May 12, CRGG was aware of 16 related reports of underhood fires. In total, 12 events occurred while the vehicles were parked and shut off, one when the vehicle was parked and turned on, and three when the vehicles were being driven. In those three cases customers reported a burning smell and smoke from the engine compartment.

Ford says that it is aware of one potential injury related to the problem.

Recall Details

Vehicles recalled: 39,013 Ford Expeditions and Lincoln Navigators from the 2021 model year that were built between Dec. 1, 2020, and April 30, 2021.

The problem: Ford has not identified a cause for the fires.

The fix: At this point in time Ford advises owners to park their vehicles outside and away from structures until the automaker completes its investigation, and identifies both the source of the fires and a remedy.

How to contact the manufacturer: Ford will notify owners via mail starting May 23, 2022. Owners will be informed that the investigation is ongoing and that they will be contacted when additional information is available. Owners of affected vehicles may call Ford at 866-436-7332.

NHTSA campaign number: 22V346. Ford’s number for the recall is 22S36.

Check to see whether your vehicle has an open recall: NHTSA’s website will tell you whether your vehicle has any open recalls that need to be addressed.

If you plug your car’s 17-digit vehicle identification number (VIN) into NHTSA’s website and a recall doesn’t appear, your vehicle doesn’t currently have any open recalls. Because automakers issue recalls often, and for many older vehicles, we recommend checking back regularly to see whether your vehicle has had a recall issued.

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