Ford is recalling more than 39,000 SUVs after 16 fires under the hood, the company said.
The recall covers certain 2021 Ford Expedition and Lincoln Navigator vehicles in the United States that were built between December 2020 and April 2021. The company urges customers to park their cars “outside and away from structures.”
Of the 16 reported incidents, 12 cars were stopped and parked when the fires started. The company said this week that 14 of the incidents took place in cars owned by rental companies.
Ford said it began investigating the fires in March, but has not yet identified a cause. The company said it was believed the incidents started in the back of the engine compartment, next to the passenger side of the vehicle.
The company identified a recall-related injury, but no accidents.
“We are working non-stop to determine the root cause of this problem and to fix it so that customers can continue to enjoy using their vehicles,” said Jeffrey Marentic, CEO of Ford Passenger Vehicles, in a statement.
Problems exist for many companies
Ford has also issued two more withdrawals, including 310,000 F-250, F-350, F-450 and F-550 Super Duty 2016 trucks, as dust can build up in the steering wheel of the clock, resulting in a electrical disconnection, which would deactivate the driver’s airbags and thus they would not operate as required. The company will take care of replacing the defective parts on the recalled models. Ford has not reported any accidents or injuries due to this malfunction.
Furthermore, the US company is updating the software for 464 all-wheel drive Mustang Mach-E 2021 vehicles, as a powertrain control module may not detect a software error, leading to unintentional acceleration.
Ford is not the only company to recall service models
Hyundai Motor America recalls 10,729 Ioniq 5 2022 vehicles. A software error in the gearbox control unit may disable the parking mechanism, which may allow the vehicle to move.
Hyundai also recalled 215,171 Sonatas 2013-2014. The low-pressure fuel hose that connects the low-pressure fuel pump to the direct-injection fuel pump may crack over time due to the heat generated in the engine compartment.