SUV owners warned to park outside over fire risk

Ford recall AZ on Your Side 7.12.2022

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“We’ve seen a new focus on fire recalls from [the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration]. They’ve been getting the word out to owners in a way they’ve never done before to make sure that owners know not to park these things inside or not to charge them indoors,” Michael Brooks, Acting Executive Director of the Center for Auto Safety said. “It really helps for owners to pay attention to what their manufacturer is telling them because it can literally save your life.”

By Susan Campbell
July 12, 2022

Ford is expanding a recall of SUVs and telling owners to park the vehicles outside because of a fire risk. The automaker says the fires can happen even when the ignition is off.

The original recall was announced in May, involving about 39,000 2021 Ford Expeditions and Lincoln Navigators. The expanded recall now covers 66,221 vehicles.

According to Ford, there have been 21 reports of under-hood fires, with 18 incidents involving SUVs owned by rental companies. In those cases, one injury has been reported. In a statement, Ford said it believes the fires have been caused by faulty printed circuit boards. For some of the vehicles involved in the recall, repairs can happen immediately, but for others, Ford says the parts won’t be available until September.

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