Ford is warning owners of Ford Expedition and Lincoln Navigator SUVs to be on guard. The company is currently recalling 39,013 the model year 2021 Ford Expedition and Lincoln Navigator SUVs due to a risk of fire The cause hasn’t been determined yet but 16 fires have already occurred among these vehicles while they were parked with engines off - most often in parking garages or driveways where there was a little breeze at ground level (such as close spaces).
The vehicles covered in this recall were all manufactured between December 1 2020 and April 30, 2021, per a statement from the automaker. According to Ford, engineers are still investigating how these fires originate but they advise owners of affected Expeditions or Navigators to park outside far away from buildings until further notice as there is currently no information available on what may cause them.
The good news is that Ford says owners can continue driving their affected vehicles with no need for concern. From them:
“We are working around the clock to determine what caused this issue and how we can fix it as soon as possible so that customers don't experience any more problems with their vehicles," said Jeffrey Marentic, General Manager of Ford passenger cars. "Our number one priority right now is staying in touch with you all until everything gets resolved."
The most recent data shows that of all the fires reported so far, 14 vehicles belong to rental companies while two are privately owned. Of these cars parked with their engines off twelve occurred when they were left unattended by drivers while one was running or driving at the time of the incident; three also happened during those times respectively. But it is not clear if there is any connection between them besides being involved in a similar type of crash which can cause destruction on both personal property and insurance claims due to damages.
The automaker says they are working hard to make sure customers can trust their cars with a high sense of urgency. Owners will be contacted by mail or through the company’s connected car apps - FordPass and Lincoln Way.
Mentioning that there is a "high" level of concern about this issue was really important because it gives insight into how serious these problems may actually seem!