Park Outdoors: Ford Recalls SUVs Due To Engine Fire Risk

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DETROIT -
Ford is asking the owners of 350,000 vehicles in to take them to dealers for repairs in three recalls, including about 39,000 that should be parked outdoors because the engines can catch fire.
Ford says in U.S. government documents posted Thursday that it doesn’t know what’s causing fires in some 2021 Ford Expedition and Lincoln Navigator SUVs.
But the company says fires can happen even while the engines are off. Ford has reports of 16 fires under the hood, 14 in rental company vehicles. One person was burned. It’s recommending that the SUVs be parked outdoors and away from buildings. So far it hasn’t developed a repair for the fires, which appear to start at the back of the engine compartment on the passenger side.
Of the 16 fires, 12 happened while the SUV engines were turned off, Ford said in a prepared statement. The company says it has no reports of fires extending to any buildings.
Ford says it’s not instructing owners to stop driving the SUVs, although those who might not be able to follow the park outdoors instructions should contact their dealer or the company.
Ford says it’s treating the recall urgently and will use apps and mail to notify customers as soon as it develops a list of vehicle owners and addresses.
“We are working around the clock to determine the root cause of this issue and subsequent remedy so that customers can continue to enjoy using their vehicles,” Jeffrey Marentic, general manager of Ford passenger vehicles, said in a statement.
Ford began investigating fire reports on March 24. It says the fires appear to be limited to SUVs built from Dec. 1, 2020 to April 30, 2021. The company says it has no fire reports from vehicles built before or after those dates.
The automaker also is recalling about 310,000 heavy-duty trucks because the driver’s air bag may not inflate in a crash.
The recall covers certain 2016 F-250, 350, 450 and 550 trucks. Dust can get into the air bag wiring in the steering wheel, disconnecting the electricity. Dealers will replace steering wheel wiring. Owners will be notified by mail starting July 5.
And the company is recalling 464 electric Mustang Mach-E SUVs from 2021. A software problem can cause unintended acceleration, deceleration or a loss of drive power in all-wheel-drive vehicles.
Ford says in documents posted Thursday by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration that the powertrain control computer may not detect a software error.
The problem will be fixed by dealers or by an online software update. Owners will be notified by letter around May 30.
 

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Chevy in the same boat.

sign as I enter my parking garage at work:
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It's been many years ago but I got to build a new house for a friend of mine after his wife's new Lincoln Navigator caught fire parked in the attached garage. It wasn't running and they weren't even at home when it happened.

That was in 2006 if I recall correctly. Oh, and we had just done a $50,000 remodel on the house that burned, a few months earlier.

It sounds like Ford still hasn't solved the problem. :anyone:
 

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My Fords never caught fire but they all had carburetors.
Maybe all that fuel injection is the problem.. Everyone go back to old school and get Carbed vehicles.
 

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Next you'll be asking everyone to learn to drive a manual.
proud member of the "never owned an automatic and never will" club

not that this hasn't been an issue before with all the ridiculous electrical systems and wiring in vehicles now, but with covid supply chain issues, it should be obvious from your fast food drinking cup lids to any kind of material, things are being shaved everywhere. everything that could be made thinner is being thinner. lids don't fit, bags aren't printed, acm panels have less aluminum, etc etc etc. can't get 300 gsm paper because all the manufacturers realized they could make more 250 with the same pulp, etc etc etc.

but it's not just finished products, even the raw materials being sourced are now usually lower grade. every vehicle manufacturer was scrambling to put vehicles out, so they sourced a ton of last minute substitute parts. they probably don't place nice with each other and had extremely little testing.
 

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Next you'll be asking everyone to learn to drive a manual.

No I won't go there I have not had very good luck with those lasting me very long.
Kept blowing the guts up in them.
My buddies all had good luck with the Manual transmissions until they had me build an engine for them.
Seems the added power tends to destroy Factory Stick shift transmissions.

Same thing happens with 10 bolt and 12 bolt GM rearends.
So going to need a 9" or 8 3/4 mopar or better.
 

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No I won't go there I have not had very good luck with those lasting me very long.
Kept blowing the guts up in them.
My buddies all had good luck with the Manual transmissions until they had me build an engine for them.
Seems the added power tends to destroy Factory Stick shift transmissions.

Same thing happens with 10 bolt and 12 bolt GM rearends.
So going to need a 9" or 8 3/4 mopar or better.
Lenco lives matter! Haha. I would LOVE to see a day where you would see multiple cars a day with 4-6 shifters poking up out of the tunnel.
 

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