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Ford Launches its 30th Recall of the Year, This Time Affecting 39,000 SUVs

Ford launched three recalls this week, the latest of which being its 30th of the year.

  • This recall is due to a fire risk aboard the Expedition and Lincoln Navigator

  • The cause has not yet been determined, owners are asked to park outside and away from structures

  • Two other recalls were announced this week, affecting the Super Duty trucks and the Mustang Mach-E

Ford reached an unenviable milestone today as it launched its 30th recall campaign of 2022 and the third one only this week. This pushed the number of recalled vehicles from the second largest American automaker up to 3.5 million just for this year, the most of any other company.

The latest recall is due to a risk of engine compartment fire in the 2021 Ford Expedition and Lincoln Navigator, the company’s two largest SUVs.

The automaker is still working to discover the cause of the problem and it asks owners of the 39,000 affected vehicles to park their vehicle outside and away from structures or other vehicle until the recall has been completed.

This is especially important since the automaker has received reports of vehicles catching fire while parked with the ignition off and at least one injury caused by a burning SUV.

Interestingly, out of the 16 vehicles having caught fire, 14 were owned by rental car companies.

2022 Ford Super Duty Photo: Ford

This recall is added to the other two that were announced this week, one affecting 310,000 units of the Super Duty series of trucks from 2016 (F-250, F-350, F-450, F-550) and the other affecting 464 units of the Mustang Mach-E AWD.

The trucks could see their driver airbag refuse to inflate in an accident due to the ingress of dust inside the steering wheel clock spring, which could prevent the electrical connection to the airbag.

The electric SUV, for its part, could fail to detect a software glitch in the powertrain control module, which may result in an unintended acceleration.

Ford will notify owners of all of the recalled vehicles shortly and the recall for the Expedition and Navigator will go ahead when the cause of the fires has been isolated.

2021 Ford Mustang Mach-E | Photo: Olivier Delorme

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