Ford recalls thousands of SUVs as engines catch fire

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Ford Motor Co. has asked 350,000 vehicle owners to take it to dealerships for repair as part of a three-way recall notice. Ford said about 39,000 of these vehicles must be parked outdoors because their engines could catch fire.

The Michigan automaker said in US government documents released Thursday that it doesn’t know what caused the fires in some of its 2021 Ford Expedition and Lincoln Navigator SUVs.

Still, the company said fires can occur even with the engines turned off. There were 16 fire calls under the hood, of which 14 were in rental company vehicles. Ford did not develop a repair for the fires, which appeared to have started behind the engine compartment on the passenger side.

“We are working around the clock to identify the root cause and next solution to this problem so customers can continue to use their vehicles,” said Jeffrey Marentic, Ford Passenger Cars General Manager. Said.

Ford said 12 of the 16 fires occurred while the SUV’s engines were shutting down. expression. Ford said it doesn’t instruct car owners to stop using SUVs, but those who can’t follow parking outdoor directions should contact their dealer or company.

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Ford began reviewing fire reports on March 24. Company officials said the fires appeared to be limited to SUVs manufactured from December 1, 2020 to April 30, 2021. The automaker is also recalling about 310,000 heavy-duty trucks because they may not have driver airbags. inflate in a collision.

The recall covers select 2016 F-250, 350, 450 and 550 trucks. Dust can enter the airbag wiring in the steering wheel and cut off the electricity. Dealers will replace steering wheel wiring. Owners will be notified by mail from July 5th.

The engine fire recall comes a month after Ford recalled more than a quarter of a million Explorer SUVs. because they can roll while being unexpectedly slid into the park. Ford and General Motors also recalled about 682,000 compact SUVs in April because windshield wipers may fail.

Ford is also recalling 464 electric Mustang Mach-E SUVs from 2021. A software problem can cause undesired acceleration, deceleration or loss of propulsion power in all-wheel drive vehicles. Ford said the drivetrain control computer may not detect a software error. documents It was released Thursday by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

Ford officials recently reported the company lost $3.1 billion in the last three monthspartly due to the lack of a semiconductor chip limiting the number of pickups and SUVs offered for sale in North America, but also as a result of its heavy investment in electric vehicle startup Rivian.