Ford Recall: Over 100,000 Vehicles Recalled for Fire Risk

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Ford Motor Company recently issued a recall notice that impacts over 100,000 vehicles that are at a higher risk for engine fires. Ford owners are urged to take this recall notice seriously, as the issue in the engine compartment could spark a fire – even in vehicles that seem otherwise fully functional. 

The recall impacts some Maverick, Escape, and Corsair vehicles. According to Ford, there have been 23 engine fire incidents as a result of this engine issue, but, thankfully, there have been no recorded injuries. Read on for more information regarding this notice and what to do if your vehicle is included. 

Which Vehicles Are Recalled?

The recall impacts some 2020 to 2022 Maverick, Escape, and Corsair vehicles. Ford will begin notifying owners of impacted cars by mail in August. All of the affected cars feature 2.5-liter hybrid/plug-in hybrid (HEV/PHEV) engines.

Notably, Ford is also currently expanding an existing recall. Some 2021 Lincoln Navigator and Ford Expedition SUVs also pose the risk of under-hood fires, which is the same cause for the Maverick, Escape, and Corsair recalls.

The Navigator and Expedition recall has been expanded from 39,000 to over 66,000 cars produced between July 27th, 2020, and August 31st, 2021. The issue reportedly stems from Ford’s decision to switch its printed circuit board provider in early 2020 as a result of a persistent microprocessor shortage that has dogged the automotive industry for over two years. 

Engine Fire Risk

Ford says that under-hood fire risk is a result of a faulty printed circuit board assembly that can experience short circuits with higher frequency than comparable boards. The company warns that, in the case of an engine failure, oil and gas vapors could enter ignition sources and then catch fire. 

The automotive manufacturer warns owners of affected vehicles to not park near structures, as the issue can occur even when the car is turned off. In the meantime, owners of the affected vehicles can safely drive them until replacement parts are available.

What Should You Do? 

Ford says it will notify owners of the affected vehicles by mail starting in August. If you’re notified, you should bring your car to your local Ford dealership.

At the dealership, licensed repair technicians will adjust the under-engine shield and active grille shutter to improve airflow in the engine compartment. This should prevent further engine fires, and in the meantime, owners are urged to keep an eye out for signs of smoke or fire under their vehicles’ hoods.