The Expedition and Lincoln Navigator can catch fire
The Mustang Mach-E Could break a rear axle
Ford is the automaker with the most recalls this year, with 52 campaigns affecting 7.4 million vehicles
Ford has now added two additional recalls to its total for the year which now sits at 52 campaigns affecting about 7.4 million vehicles in the US alone, the highest of any automaker.
The first recall is due to a risk of fire in the automaker’s largest SUVs. Back in July, Ford recalled newer model years of the Expedition and the Navigator, also for fire risk, but these recalls are also unrelated.
Indeed, in that case, the risk came from an under-hood junction box while now, the cause seems to be the blower for the climate control system.
Ford has yet to pinpoint the cause of the fires, but it seems that the most at-risk vehicles are older and have more mileage, which hints that the problem could be caused by dirt getting in the blower or by internal parts wearing out.
According to the automaker, symptoms of a failing blower motor can include an inoperative climate control system, a burning smell or smoke coming out of the cabin vents.
Until the company has found a definitive fix, it will replace the blower in vehicles that are presenting the above symptoms with a new part of the same design.
Once an improved blower motor becomes available, Ford will retrofit it in all of the recalled vehicles, even those that have received a new part.
The second recall is caused by a risk of failure in the rear axle of certain 2022 Mustang Mach-E models.
According to Ford, the right rear halfshafts may have been produced with an insufficient wall thickness in the outer race, which can lead to the part snapping without warning.
This can lead to a loss of power to the right rear wheel, which can cause drivability issues and could also cause the vehicle to roll away when the transmission is in Park.
An internal study from the automaker was able to trace the source of the issue to a single employee who used an improper technique to manufacture the part on a lathe. In addition, the supplier which produces the halfshafts for the electric SUV stopped inspecting every part it produces due to a reduced workforce, thus allowing the defective parts to go unnoticed.
Owners of a Mustang Mach-E produced between July 18 and 29 of this year will be instructed to bring their vehicle to their Ford dealer, who will record the serial number of the part in question to determine if it needs replacing.
Until then, Ford asks drivers to always manually apply the parking brake before leaving their vehicle in order to prevent a possible rollaway.