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According to documents published on Thursday, Ford states that it does not know what causes the fires at some Ford Expedition and Lincoln Navigator SUVs from 2021, writes Reuters.
But the company says that fires can occur even when the engines are stopped. Ford has information on 16 fires under the hood, 14 of which are vehicles of the rental company. One person was burned.
The company recommends that SUVs be parked outdoors and away from buildings.
So far, Ford has not developed a fire repair, which appears to start at the rear of the engine compartment on the passenger side.
Of the 16 fires, 12 occurred while SUV engines were stopped, Ford said in a statement.
The company says it has no information about the spread of the fire to any building. Ford does not recommend that owners stop driving SUVs, although those who should follow the outdoor parking instructions should contact their dealer or company.
Ford treats the recall as urgent and will use applications and email to notify customers as soon as it develops a list of vehicle owners and addresses.
“We are working non-stop to determine the root cause of this problem and to remedy it so that customers can continue to enjoy the use of their vehicles,” Jeffrey Marentic, Ford’s general manager of passenger vehicles, said in a statement.
Ford began investigating fire reports on March 24.
Fires appear to be limited to SUVs built between December 1, 2020 and April 30, 2021. The company says it has no fire information on vehicles built before or after that date.
The car manufacturer also recalls about 310,000 heavy trucks, as the driver’s airbag may not inflate in the event of an accident. The recall covers some 2016 F-250, 350, 450 and 550 trucks.
Dust can enter the airbag cables in the steering wheel, disconnecting the power supply.
Dealers will replace the steering wheel cables. Owners will be notified by mail starting July 5th.
The company also recalls 464 electric Mustang Mach-E SUVs from 2021. A software problem can cause acceleration, unintentional deceleration or loss of transmission power to all-wheel drive vehicles.
Ford says in documents released Thursday by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration that the drive control computer may not detect a software error. The issue will be resolved by dealers or through an online software update. The owners will be notified by letter around May 30th.
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