Owners of some 2021 Ford Expeditions and Lincoln Navigator SUVs are being asked to park their vehicles outside and away from structures until they can be taken to dealers for repairs. Ford has issued a recall covering 39,000 vehicles due to engine fires under their hoods, and it is uncertain at this time what caused the fire to start. “The remedy is still under development,” according to documents posted on the National Highway Safety Administration’s website.
Ford said it has reports of 16 under-hood fires, 14 of which occurred in vehicles owned by car rental companies. Even if the engine is not running, fire can occur. According to Ford, “Some customers reported burning odors and smoke from the front engine bogie while driving.” The fire appears to have started “behind the engine bogie next to the passenger car.”
Despite the risk of an under-hood fire, Ford is not recommending owners stop driving at this time. “We are working around the clock to determine the root cause of the problem and the next remedy so that customers can enjoy using their vehicle,” Jeffrey Marantic, general manager of Ford Passenger Vehicle, said in a statement.
Ford said the fires appeared to be limited to SUVs built between December 1, 2020 and April 30, 2021, and said there were no reports of fires from cars built before or after this date.
In a separate recall, Ford is also calling for about 310,000 heavy-duty trucks because the driver’s airbags may not swell in the crash. That recall covers specific 2016 F-250, F-350, F-450 and F-550 trucks. According to documents posted by NHTSA, dust can enter the airbag wires in the steering wheel, which can cut off electricity to the necessary components. To solve the problem, dealers will replace the steering wheel wiring.
And in the third recall, Ford has announced that it will be bringing 464 Mustang Mach-E electric SUVs by 2021. A software problem with an electric vehicle can cause unintentional acceleration, loss or loss of drive power in an all-wheel-drive vehicle. NHTSA documents state that powertrain control computers cannot detect a software error. The problem will be fixed by the dealers or through an online software update