By on May 19, 2022

Ford has recalled 39,000 2021 model-year Expeditions and Lincoln Navigators due to a fire risk.

Owners are being asked to park their vehicles outdoors until the company can address the issues.

Ford says it doesn’t yet know the cause of the fires.

Sixteen fires have been reported, with 14 occurring in rental vehicles. Some have happened when the car is turned off.

“Some customers have reported a burning smell and smoke from the front passenger engine compartment while driving.” Ford said. Some fires appeared to have started “in the rear of the engine compartment near the passenger side of the vehicle.”

Still, Ford has not yet recommended that owners stop driving their luxo-barge SUVs.

“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.

The recall appears to be limited to Expeditions and Navigators built between Dec. 1, 2020 and April 30, 2021.

Ford is also recalling 310,000 heavy-duty trucks because the airbag might not inflate in a crash, and just under 500 Mustang Mach-Es to address a software problem that could cause unintended acceleration or deceleration.

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27 Comments on “Ford Recalls 39K Expeditions and Lincoln Navigators Due to Fire Risk...”


  • avatar
    ravenuer

    “….so that customers can continue to enjoy using their vehicles….”

    ….and your smores.

    • 0 avatar
      Lorenzo

      Don’t you need heat, not smoke, to make smores? The front passenger seat is no place to make smores – or smoke ham – and I doubt there’s anything under the hood that works better than hickory.

      • 0 avatar
        ToolGuy

        The best smores are made over coals, not flame. If you maintain the proper toasting distance and rotation speed, you achieve a perfectly-browned outer surface (no charring) while the interior has a chance to come up to temperature. You know you are done when the marshmallow threatens to slide off the skewer (due to the low friction coefficient of interior meltiness). When you bite into a marshmallow toasted this way, you get crispiness from the toasted shell, and it’s like the interior has melted away into nothingness. Very Zen.

        (My spouse and kids prefer to set the outside on fire and leave the interior raw — I need to hang out with better people.)

        • 0 avatar
          Astigmatism

          No charring on a s’more? What’s the point? Your spouse and kids sound like God’s people to me.

          • 0 avatar
            SPPPP

            Charring is for amateurs! The perfect ideal is when the outside of the marshmallow is darker than honey, but not as dark as black coffee. You gotta keep it moving, and never let it touch the flame. You can practice this on a gas range at home (but maybe don’t let your wife catch you). ;)

    • 0 avatar
      sgeffe

      I just eat the chocolate and the graham crackers!

  • avatar
    Astigmatism

    It’s grossly irresponsible for manufacturers to continue to sell these dangerous ICE vehicles until they figure out what’s causing these engine fires.

    • 0 avatar
      FreedMike

      Save the children!

    • 0 avatar
      dal20402

      Plainly unfit for service at all. You can’t even charge it at your house.

      ;)

    • 0 avatar
      EBFlex

      “It’s grossly irresponsible for manufacturers to continue to sell these dangerous ICE vehicles until they figure out what’s causing these engine fires.”

      Ok I’ll bite.

      No doubt this is the result of an ELECTRONIC component. Something that needs electricity to operate.

      Funny that most unstable part of any vehicle is the electricity running through it.

      • 0 avatar
        dukeisduke

        They don’t know the cause yet, and given where the fires supposedly originate, it could be the fuel line, where it connects to the fuel rail for the injectors. Or it could be electrical in nature.

        • 0 avatar
          EBFlex

          It’s not fuel related. At all. It’s electrical.

          • 0 avatar
            la834

            I guess we should stop putting electrical systems into cars then. Turn a crank to start it. Gravity-fed carb. Acetylene headlamps. Hey, if we could do it 120 years ago, we can now….

          • 0 avatar
            EBFlex

            “ I guess we should stop putting electrical systems into cars then. Turn a crank to start it. Gravity-fed carb. Acetylene headlamps. Hey, if we could do it 120 years ago, we can now….”

            Kind of extreme don’t you think? But you’re probably right, that is the only logical solution. Expecting a Ford to just work is asking way too much.

            Although going back to a vehicle with no electronics would fix the traffic death story recently posted.

          • 0 avatar
            la834

            I was being halfway tongue in cheek. If expecting a Ford to just work is asking too much, then how about how a Ford *used* to work?

            Just halfway tongue in cheek, because I think new cars are over-reliant on electronics too. But the likes of Toyota have proven cars with lots of electrical and electronic stuff in them can also be reliable, and cars from the pre-electronic era were generally less reliable than today’s cars. So I’m not unequivocally against all electronics, just poorly-designed (or unreliable) electronics. I do get pissed off at all the inanely-designed touchscreens in too many new cars that require me to take my eye off the road to do simple things like adjust the temperature, fan speed, or volume.

      • 0 avatar
        Detroit-X

        +1

  • avatar
    65corvair

    14 out of 39,000 not too bad. Although are the fleet gets older the rate will increase. How many people will even bother with numbers this low? I would take it in.

  • avatar
    C5 is Alive

    EcoBOOM!

    (Yeah, it’s a hackneyed joke… but then again, increasingly so is Ford.)

  • avatar
    ToolGuy

    “Some customers have reported a burning smell and smoke from the front passenger engine compartment while driving.” Ford said. Some fires appeared to have started “in the rear of the engine compartment near the passenger side of the vehicle.”

    So this is the front passenger engine compartment, as opposed to the rear driver engine compartment? But in the rear of the front. Does Ford know its way around an ICE vehicle, or is this a member of the Model e™ team getting in over his head? (Those guys put motors all over.)

    Just kidding – I enjoy parking outside.

    (And the Expedition seems like a pretty nice vehicle – if you can’t swing a fullsize utility from GM.)

    • 0 avatar
      Lorenzo

      Engineers don’t write these announcements, the public affairs people do. They probably know less about cars than Ford executives!

      I read a review of a repair shop by a guy whose low tire pressure warning light came on. They checked his tires and added air to the space saver tire, and the light went out. They charged him $25 and he was happy about it!

  • avatar

    Nobody mentioned Telluride?

  • avatar
    RHD

    “Ford says it doesn’t yet know the cause of the fires.”

    The Lincolns are catching fire from the burning embarrassment of being prettied-up Fords that have to spend their entire existence pretending to not be Fords.

  • avatar
    mikey

    In the last 12 years I have owned a 2008 Mustang convert. A 2015 EB, and just sold a low miles mint 2005 Mustang convert…All great looking and nice driving cars.

    All three Fords plagued with electrical problems !

    • 0 avatar
      EBFlex

      Imagine a company with such a poor track record with quality, especially with electronics, making an electric vehicle.

      I guess that would explain why Ford EVs are complete garbage.

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