Ford Recalls 198,000 Expedition, Navigator SUVs for Fire Risk

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  • Ford has introduced it should recall 163,253 Ford Expedition and 35,229 Lincoln Navigator SUVs from the 2015 by 2017 model years over a fireplace danger.
  • The issue is believed to be a defect within the entrance blower motor.
  • Up to now, Ford has obtained 25 complaints of fires believed to be brought on by the issue.

    Ford Motor Firm will recall 198,482 2015–2017 Ford Expedition and Lincoln Navigator SUVs due to the hazard of an inside fireplace. The automaker believes the issue is a defect within the blower motor positioned behind the glovebox.

    Though the corporate has been unable to pinpoint a reason for the motor failure, there have been 25 stories of fires in these autos, of which 13 had been localized to the world of the blower and 12 precipitated extra intensive harm, together with one report of accidents to an individual’s hand. In each case, autos had been working on the time the fires began. Some house owners have additionally reported “an inoperative fan, burning scent and/or smoke from the instrument panel vents whereas the car is on” as signs of the issue.

    2015 lincoln navigator interior

    Inside of 2015 Lincoln Navigator.

    MICHAEL SIMARIAutomotive and Driver

    A report filed with the Nationwide Freeway Site visitors Security Administration (NHTSA) says this similar design of blower motor has been put in in Expedition and Navigator SUVs from the 2009 by 2017 model years, however solely the three most up-to-date model years are being recalled. The later model years “[coincide] with a discount in blower motor manufacturing volumes from the provider,” in keeping with the chronology filed with NHTSA, though it would not clarify what, if something, modified concerning the blower motors. The report additionally says that knowledge exhibits this present drawback doesn’t appear to exist in autos from the sooner model years.

    In Might, Ford recalled 66,221 of its 2021 Expedition and Navigator SUVs for a separate, unrelated drawback that precipitated stories of underhood fires. In that case, Ford suggested house owners to park them exterior away from buildings or different autos till they may very well be seen by sellers to exchange a faulty battery junction field.

    House owners will obtain notifications beginning on September 12. Sellers will exchange the entrance blower motor meeting, and within the meantime, house owners can test the NHTSA remembers web site for updates or to find out whether or not their car is affected.

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