Ford recalls SUVs over A/C failure, fire risk

Dearborn, MI – September 4, 2022 – Ford (NYSE:F) has issued a recall for 198,482 SUVs over a faulty motor which powers the cars’ air conditioning. Its failure may lead to a fire, increasing the risk of injury to the car occupants.

The recall covers the following models: 

  • 2015 – 2017 Ford Expedition
  • 2015 – 2017 Lincoln Navigator 

Recall Summary

The air conditioning used by cars relies on a blower motor mounted behind the glove box. This motor is responsible for providing ventilation inside the cabin when the windows are closed, by blowing air through the dashboard vents.     

In the affected vehicles, the front blower motor may fail during operation due to unknown reasons.

The component involved in this recall is the blower motor and wheel assembly with part number CL14-19846-AA. 

Recall risks

The defective motor may present an increased risk of fire to the vehicle’s interior. This also increases the danger of a crash or injury.  

Warning signs

The fan may stop working. In addition to that, the driver may perceive a “burning smell” or see smoke coming from the instrument panel vents while the vehicle’s engine is running. 

Other Ford recalls and lawsuits

Ford is facing a lawsuit regarding alleged defects on the Expedition and Lincoln Navigator SUV models. The allegations stem from complaints that the company failed to promptly recall the vehicles involved in the lawsuit.

The 2020-2021 Ford Expedition and Lincoln Navigator were also included in an earlier recall issued in April 2022 due to faulty windshield wipers, as reported.

Repair

Dealers will replace the front blower motor assembly with a new and improved component. The repair will be done free of charge, and Ford will reimburse customers who paid for their own repairs prior to the recall being issued. 

Affected owners will be notified on or around September 16, 2022. 

Is your vehicle part of this recall?

More than 198,000 vehicles are included in this Ford Expedition and Lincoln Navigator blower motor recall. To see if your vehicle is affected, run a Ford or Lincoln recall check using MotorSafety’s free vehicle lookup tool.  

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US government investigates Ford over brake fluid leaks

Washington, D.C. – September 4, 2022 – The U.S. government’s auto safety regulator is investigating Ford (NYSE:F) over Ford Fusion and Lincoln MKZ cars that may leak brake fluid. This may lead to longer stopping distances, increasing the risk of a crash and injury. 

If the investigation leads to a recall, it could affect an estimated 1.73 million vehicles, including: 

  • 2013 – 2018 Ford Fusion
  • 2013 – 2018 Ford Fusion Hybrid
  • 2013 – 2018 Lincoln MKZ 
  • 2013 – 2018 Lincoln MKZ Hybrid

Investigation summary  

The regulator, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), opened an investigation on August 8, 2022, following 50 complaints about brake fluid leaks and one crash allegedly caused by such a leak. The leaks are caused by the rupture of brake hoses, which transfer and multiply the force applied to the brake pedal to activate the brakes.

The investigation comes on the heels of an August 2020 recall that was conducted for the same issue and included the 2016-2018 Lincoln MKX and 2015-2018 Ford Edge vehicles. The goal of the investigation is to evaluate “the adequacy” of the recall and see if the Fusion and MKZ cars need to be included as well.

Complaints

Complaints indicate that the front brake lines rupture without warning, causing a sudden brake fluid leak. Drivers have reported that the brake pedal became soft, accompanied by a noticeable drop in braking effect. One driver crashed the vehicle while trying to stop because of this failure.

Risks

A leaking brake line will affect the performance of the vehicle’s brakes. In addition, if left unchecked, this leak may result in a loss of brake fluid severe enough to render all brakes inoperable. Both situations increase the braking distance, upping the risk of a crash and injury.  

Other Ford and Lincoln recalls 

There was a Ford Edge recall in June this year due to the risk of these cars rolling away because of transmission issues. The recall also included Escape, Fusion and C-Max cars and was conducted for at least the fifth time in the past four years, as reported.

There was a Lincoln recall for Aviator SUVs due to the risk of electrical fire, also as reported.

Is your vehicle part of a recall?

This investigation may eventually lead to a Ford brake recall, possibly affecting over 1.7 million vehicles. To do a Ford recall check and see if your car might be a part of it, bookmark MotorSafety’s free vehicle lookup tool.

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Ford recalls F-150s that may stall and roll away

Dearborn, MI August 20, 2022 – Ford (NYSE:F) is recalling 58,203 2021-2022 Ford F-150 trucks that may roll away and stall due to a fracture of one of the most important components of the car – the driveshaft.

This recall only affects the Crew Cab models with a 4×4 drive and 145” wheelbase and can increase the risk of injury for the car occupants and people around them.

Recall summary  

Underbody insulators are sheets that reduce the road noise inside the cabin. The driveshaft is a component that connects the transmission and differential, effectively transferring the engine power to the wheels and propelling the vehicle forward.

The insulators were installed on the affected vehicles by mistake and could become loose. 

When that happens, they can come into contact with the driveshafts beneath it and scratch them. This could damage the driveshaft and eventually fracture it.

Recall risks

With a snapped driveshaft, the truck will not be able to transfer the engine to its wheels and may lose power. In addition, it may also roll away if the parking brake is not engaged.

Warning signs

Besides noticing one or both insulators hanging below the vehicle, drivers may hear a rattling or clicking noise that only appears while driving.  In addition, scratches may be visible on the driveshaft. 

Other Ford truck recalls

A large batch of trucks with properly installed insulators was recalled over an identical issue in December 2021

Among more recent Ford F-150 recalls, one from May 2022, caused by airbag issues, is the latest one

The repair

Dealers will check if the truck has underbody insulators, and if it does, secure them in place using suitable fasteners. In addition, they will inspect the driveshaft for any signs of damage. The repair is free of charge. 

Truck owners will be notified between September 5, 2022, and September 9, 2022.  

Is your vehicle part of this recall?

These Ford driveshaft issues are causing more than 50,000 trucks to be recalled. To do a Ford recall check and see if yours is one of them, use MotorSafety’s free vehicle lookup tool.

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Ford recalls Mavericks over faulty airbags

Dearborn, MI – August 20, 2022 – Ford (NYSE:F) is recalling 64,974 vehicles over deficient side curtain airbag performance, which increases the risk of injury in a crash.

The recall includes the 2022 Ford Maverick trucks.

Recall summary

Side curtain airbags inflate between the seat occupant and the door and window, helping to prevent injury and ejection, especially in a side-impact or rollover accident. In the subject vehicles, these airbags do not deploy properly.

The root cause of the issue is still being investigated.

The components in question are the left and right air curtain module assemblies, with part numbers LZ6B-E042D95-AD and LZ6B-E042D94-AD.

Recall risks

These airbags may be less effective at preventing injury or ejection in a crash.

Other recent Ford and Lincoln recalls

Ford, which owns the Lincoln brand, is being sued over an alleged delay in a recall involving the 2021 Ford Expedition and 2021 Lincoln Navigator vehicles. The subject vehicles were recalled over fire risk; however, the owners are arguing that Ford “either knew or should have known” about the defect well before the recall was issued.

There have been five Ford Maverick recalls since the model’s debut. In the latest, in mid-July, Ford issued a recall over fire risk that affected more than 100,000 vehicles, including the 2022 Maverick vehicles. The vehicles’ engines could fail and burst into flames, posing a risk to those in and around the vehicle.

In addition to the Ford truck recalls, earlier in July, the 2022 Ford Bronco and 2022 Ford Ranger SUVs were recalled because of windshields that could detach in a crash, increasing the risk of injury.

Repair

To remedy the issue, Ford and Lincoln dealers will replace the side curtain airbag modules with a newer version. This will be at no cost to the owners.

Owners will be notified about the repair program between September 22, 2022 and September 28, 2022. 

Is your vehicle part of this recall?

More than 60,000 vehicles are included in this Ford airbag recall. To perform a Ford recall check on your vehicle, use MotorSafety’s free vehicle lookup tool.

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Ford sued over Lincoln Navigator and Expedition SUVs that may catch fire

Dearborn, MI July 24, 2022 – Ford (NYSE:F), which owns the Lincoln brand, is being sued over allegations that it should have known that the vehicles it recently recalled were defective and that it waited too long to launch the said recall.

The allegations are based on reports of fire and consequent damage which plaintiffs experienced even when the vehicle was turned off.

The lawsuit is coming on the back of a recall for the following vehicles:

  • 2021 Ford Expedition
  • 2021 Lincoln Navigator

The events that led to this Ford lawsuit  

Vehicles listed above can catch fire while driving or when parked and turned off. In total, 21 SUVs have burst into flames so far, with one of the events leading to an injury. 

Ford first recalled 39,000 of these models in May 2022. The manufacturer, however, did not reveal the source of the problem or the fix for it. Instead, it advised drivers to “park away from structures.”

Earlier this month, the recall was expanded to 66,221 cars, according to a press release. The cause of the issue is believed to be defective “printed circuit boards” which are “uniquely susceptible” to short-circuiting and fires. The repair for some of the vehicles will involve replacing the vehicles’ electronic circuit control center and only one-third of the recalled vehicles can be repaired now.

The allegations

A total of 22 plaintiffs sued Ford on June 7 in the Michigan Eastern District Court and amended the complaint earlier this month on the back of the recall expansion. They are claiming that Ford’s approach to the recall and the fire issue are inadequate in several ways.

First, Ford “either knew or should have known” of the fire defect before it launched the vehicles but “did nothing” to warn consumers of it. Instead, it waited “months” to launch the recall.

In addition, while the fix for the majority of the cars is not available, the manufacturer made no attempts to provide loaner vehicles or offer reimbursements to the owners who still have to make payments on the purchase. These are now considered unusable by some owners because of the risk of fire. 

Lastly, there is a worry that not all affected vehicles are included in the current recall. This claim is backed up by the case of one of the plaintiffs whose 2021 Ford Expedition XLT burst into flames in front of his home last month. This particular vehicle, however, is not a part of the recalled population, because it was built in December 2021, while the recall only includes cars built between July 27, 2020 and August 31, 2021.

The plaintiffs are alleging that by engaging in the actions described above, Ford violated multiple state and federal consumer protection laws, including the Magnuson-Moss Warranty Act.

The asks 

In this Ford engine fire lawsuit, plaintiffs are looking for “restitution,”  including the reimbursement of the purchase price of the vehicles, as well as any damages and other costs associated with the lawsuit. 

They are also asking for a jury trial to help decide their case. 

Recall risks

Vehicle fires carry several risks, as described in this article about a Hyundai fire-related recall.

Is your vehicle part of a recall?

Over 66,000 Ford and Lincoln SUVs are affected by this Ford recall lawsuit. However, this number might increase in the future. To check on other Ford Expedition recalls or Lincoln Navigator recalls, go to MotorSafety’s free vehicle lookup tool.

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Ford recalls hybrid SUVs over risk of fire

Dearborn, MI  – July 17, 2022 – Ford (NYSE:F) is recalling 100,689 hybrids whose gasoline engines may fail, causing them to burst into flames. This increases the risk of a crash and injury.

The recall comes on the heels of 23 owner complaints and includes the following models equipped with a 2.5-liter gasoline engine: 

  • 2020 – 2022 Ford Escape 
  • 2020  2022 Lincoln Corsair
  • 2022 Ford Maverick

Recall summary  

All listed models have an active grille shutter feature, a series of air flaps that seals the engine bay to improve aerodynamics. On affected vehicles, the 2.5-liter engine may suffer from a catastrophic failure “due to manufacturing issues” that results in a ruptured engine block or oil pan. The hot engine oil, which escapes through the resulting holes and gathers up on the metal shield under the engine, may burst into flames.

Warning signs

In an event of an engine failure, drivers may notice an unusual rattle from the engine bay or a lack of power. A strong smell of burning oil is another tell-tale sign. If the driver detects any of these signs, they should pull over and turn off the engine as soon as possible.

Recall risks

Vehicle fire that occurs while driving carries several risks, as explained in this Kia recall

Background of the recall

The recall comes on the heels of at least 23 driver complaints received by Ford. No injuries have been reported.

Other Ford recalls

Ford already had issues with engine fires with their larger SUVs, which resulted in a recall that took place in May 2022. In addition, there was a Ford Maveric recall in April, caused by trailer brake issues

The repair

To rectify the issue, dealers will modify the active shutter grille and the metal shield under the engine. Notifications to vehicle owners will be sent between August 8, 2022, and August 12, 2022. 

Is your vehicle part of this recall?

This Ford engine fire recall is affecting more than 100,000 vehicles. To do a Ford recall check and see if yours is one of them, use MotorSafety’s free vehicle lookup tool.

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Ford Broncos, Rangers recalled over windshields that could detach

Dearborn, MI – July 3, 2022 – Ford (NYSE:F) is issuing a recall for 63,294 Bronco SUVs and Ranger pickups whose windshields may detach from the vehicle frame in the event of a crash. This increases the risk of injuries.

The recall covers the following models: 

  • 2022 Ford Bronco 
  • 2022 Ford Ranger   

Recall summary

The windshield protects the vehicle’s occupants from elements such as wind and rain, while contributing to the car’s aerodynamics. Ford reports that the windshield on the recalled vehicles may not have been attached securely enough to the vehicle frame. It is not clear why this happened.

The components involved in this recall are the windshield with part numbers starting with N2DB-S03100 and KB3B-2103100, urethane bond with part number WSS-M2G316-B4 and primer with part number WSS-M5B280-C4.    

Recall risks

Detaching windshields pose a hazard in the event of a crash, increasing the risk of injury to the driver, passengers and other road users.

Warning signs

Drivers may notice increased wind noise or water leaks while using the vehicle, indicating that the windshield is not properly secured to the vehicle’s frame. 

Other Ford recalls 

Earlier this month, there was a Ford Bronco recall due a faulty child safety lock, which could permit the child to open the door from the inside, as reported.

In April 2022, Ford issued a similar recall for 39,720 Transit vehicles over insufficiently attached windshield. As in the current recall, the glass could detach from the frame in the event of an accident, increasing the likelihood of injury to the driver and occupants.

Ford also announced a recall for 79,017 F-Series trucks in March 2021 over improperly attached windshields.

The repair

Dealers will remove and reinstall the windshield on affected vehicles, using camera calibration where necessary to ensure a proper fit, at no cost to owners. Ford will reimburse customers who had their windshields repaired before the recall order was announced. 

Affected owners will be notified by mail by July 15, 2022

Is your vehicle part of this recall?

More than 63,000 vehicles are included in this Ford windshield recall. To see if your vehicle is affected, run a Ford recall check using MotorSafety’s free vehicle lookup tool.  

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Ford issues sweeping recall for C-Max, Edge cars that may roll away

Dearborn, MI – June 26, 2022 – Ford (NYSE:F) is recalling 2,925,968 vehicles that may roll away while in Park.

This is the fifth recall in the past four years due to this issue for some of the model-years involved. It comes on the heels of several reports of property damage and injuries associated with this defect.​​  

 The list of vehicles affected by this recall includes: 

  • 2013 – 2018 Ford C-Max
  • 2015 – 2018 Ford Edge
  • 2013 – 2019 Ford Escape 
  • 2013 – 2016 Ford Fusion
  • 2013 – 2021 Ford Transit Connect 

Recall summary  

A damaged or detached part called bushing may cause the gear shift lever to disconnect from the transmission. As a result, the transmission could fail to shift into the correct gear in response to the shifter. If the shifter is in the Park position but the transmission is not, the vehicle could roll away.

The component in question is the shift cable bushing, with component number 7E395. 

Background of the recall

This is the fifth time some of the model-years included in this recall are being recalled due to the same issue. The first recall occurred in 2018 and included the 2013-2014 Ford Escape and 2013-2016 Ford Fusion vehicles.  That recall was later expanded in 2019 as Ford identified “two distinct vehicle populations” with deteriorated bushings either due to a supplier error or unknown causes.

In May of this year, there was a Ford Escape recall due to deteriorated bushings, this time because of heat and humidity, as reported.

Finally, this recall follows the discovery of additional claims alleging failure of said bushings, as well property damage and injuries. The root cause is unknown but may be connected with heat and humidity just like in the May recall.

Warning signs 

Drivers may notice that the gear shift lever does not put the vehicle into the correct gear or that the dashboard instrument panel shows a different gear than the shifter position indicates. If the vehicle is turned off when the shifter is in Park but the transmission is in a different gear, the vehicle will not restart.

Recall risks

Vehicle rollaway increases the risk of a crash, injury, and property damage. 

Other Ford recalls 

Among other relevant Ford Fusion Recalls, one from January 2022, caused by issues with the brake pedal, is the most recent. 

The 2022 Transit vans were just recalled due to malfunctioning instrument panel, as reported.

The repair

Dealers will replace the affected bushings with a redesigned part and add a protective cap. This repair is free of charge. 

Notifications to owners will be sent on June 27, 2022. 

Is your vehicle a part of this recall?

This large-scale Ford rollaway recall affects almost three million vehicles. To do a Ford recall check and see if yours is one of them, use MotorSafety’s free vehicle lookup tool.

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Ford recalls electric vehicles that may lose power

Dearborn, MI – June 26, 2022 – Ford (NYSE:F) is recalling 48,924 2021 – 2022 Ford Mustang Mach-E electric SUVs that may lose motive power, increasing the risk of a crash and injury.

Recall summary  

Electric cars have a high-voltage battery that stores the electric charge used to power the vehicle. Due to a design error, frequent fast charging and driving with the accelerator fully depressed can cause the battery to overheat. If this happens, internal battery connectors – which are “electrical contacts” that connect charger to the b​​attery – may deform and detach, cutting off the power supply to the vehicle’s electric motor. 

Recall risks

There are several risks associated with this loss of motive power, especially when it happens at highway speeds. You can learn more about stalling risks in this coverage of a Stellantis recall

Warning signs 

Several warnings may appear, depending on what happens to the battery connector. If the connector detaches, a “Stop Safely Now” message will appear on the dashboard and the vehicle will lose power.

The connector may also weld to the battery in which case drivers will not be able to restart the car after shutting it off and will see a powertrain malfunction warning message. 

Other Ford recalls 

Some of these electric cars may have been affected by a Mustang Mach-E recall from this January involving improperly attached seat belts. Other recent Ford Mustang recalls include one earlier this month caused by a software error that disables the rearview camera and backup lights.

The repair

Ford will launch an over-the-air (OTA) update to the control software. The updated software will monitor the contactor and adjust battery and vehicle power as needed to prevent damage.

Another option is to visit the nearest authorized dealer. In both cases, the repair is free of charge. 

Notifications to owners will be sent between July 18, 2022 and July 22, 2022. 

Is your vehicle a part of this recall?

This Ford battery recall affects almost 50,000 cars. To do a Ford recall check and see if your vehicle is one of them, use MotorSafety’s free vehicle lookup tool.

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Ford recalls vehicles over instrument panel malfunction

Dearborn, MI – June 25, 2022 – Ford (NYSE:F) is recalling 30,244 vehicles whose instrument panel displays may fail to light up. The driver may not be able to see the various gauges and warning lights,  increasing the risk of a crash. 

This recall includes the 2022 Ford Transit vehicles.

The components in question are the 4.2” monochromatic cluster and its software, with part numbers NK4T-10849-B and NK4T-14C026-B.

Recall summary

The instrument panel cluster of the subject vehicles may not light up as expected at startup.

The cause of the malfunction is still unknown.

Recall risks

Failure to illuminate the cluster display could render safety-related telltales and gauges unreadable, increasing the risk of a crash.

Other recent Ford Transit recalls

Earlier this month, the same model was among those recalled over missing tire label information, which could lead to improper tire inflation or incorrect tires and rims.

Prior to that, in April, the 2016 and 2020 Ford Transit Connect vehicles were recalled due to a supplier error leading to front windshields that may detach.

In another notable Ford van recall in September 2021, Transits and Transit Connects were reported to have faulty child restraint systems.

Repair

To remedy the issue, Ford or Lincoln dealers will update the instrument panel cluster software at no cost to car owners. 

Owners should expect to receive information regarding the repair program between July 25, 2022 and July 29, 2022. 

Is your vehicle part of this recall?

More than 30,000 vehicles are included in this Ford instrument cluster recall. To perform a check on your vehicle, use MotorSafety’s free vehicle lookup tool.

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