Ford Motor Company has announced an urgent recall of 39,000 Ford Expedition and Lincoln Navigator SUVs manufactured in 2021. The action is associated with a dangerous problem: the engines of the cars can suddenly catch fire, reports Reuters. And the fire in the engine compartment can occur both while driving, during a stop, and even with the engine turned off. There are already known 16 cases of fire, the cause of which has yet to be figured out by Ford experts.
Ford now advises owners of troubled Expedition and Navigator to park outdoors and away from buildings that could catch fire whenever possible.
As for the reported fires, fortunately, there have been no injuries so far. Reportedly, 14 of the 16 SUVs that caught fire were owned by rental car companies.
This is not the only recall for Ford announced this week, and not the largest: previously, owners of 310,000 Super Duty F-250, F-350, F-450, and F-550 2016 models were invited to the service. On pickup trucks, the driver’s airbag could not deploy correctly.
In 2022, Ford became the record-setting recall in the United States. In less than five months, it managed to send about 3.5 million vehicles of more than 30 models for repair – more than any other manufacturer.
At the same time, the U.S. auto giant has had to adjust its work schedule to smooth out the damage from electronic component shortages. Last week, it halted two plants in North America, resulting in a drop in production of four models under the Ford and Lincoln nameplates.