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Ford advising 39,000 Expedition and Navigator owners to park outside due to fire risk

Ford advises owners of 39,013 Ford Expedition and Lincoln Navigator SUVs to park their vehicles outdoors as they could catch fire spontaneously. April 30, 2021, according to a Ford statement on Thursday. So far, 16 of the SUVs have caught fire while parked and closed. Fourteen of the vehicles were in rental fleets while two belonged to retail customers. The carmaker said it was aware of an injury that apparently came from the issue, but gave no further details on the extent of the injury or its circumstances. Twelve of the fires occurred while the vehicle was parked and off, one while the vehicle was parked and lit and three while in motion, according to the company. The exact cause of the fires, which are believed to have started from the rear of the passenger compartment of the engine compartment, is still being investigated, Ford said in a statement. “We work around the clock to identify the root cause of this problem and how to deal with it, so that customers can continue to enjoy using their vehicles,” said Jeffrey Marentic, General Manager, Ford Passenger Vehicles. Owners are not advised to stop driving SUVs, just to keep them away from construction while parked. Ford will begin communicating with owners by mail and through their Ford and Lincoln smartphone apps once it has established a list of owners of the particular SUV, the automaker said in a statement. Owners who believe their vehicles may be involved may also call the toll-free Ford number at 1-866-436-7332, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, which oversees vehicle recalls. Ford will contact customers once a solution to the possible problem has been found, the automaker said.

Ford advises owners of 39,013 Ford Expedition and Lincoln Navigator SUVs to park their vehicles outdoors as they may catch fire spontaneously.

These full-size SUVs were all built over a four-month period between December 1, 2020 and April 30, 2021, according to a Ford statement on Thursday. So far, 16 of the SUVs have caught fire while parked and closed. Fourteen of the vehicles were in rental fleets while two belonged to retail customers. The carmaker said it was aware of an injury that apparently came from the issue, but gave no further details on the extent of the injury or its circumstances.

Twelve of the fires occurred while the vehicle was parked and extinguished, one while the vehicle was parked and on and three while in motion, according to the company.

The exact causes of the fires, which are believed to have started from the rear of the engine compartment, are still being investigated, Ford said in a statement.

“We work around the clock to identify the root cause of this problem and how to deal with it so that customers can continue to enjoy using their vehicles,” said Jeffrey Marentic, General Manager, Ford Passenger Vehicles.

Owners are not advised to stop driving SUVs, just to keep them away from construction while parked.

Ford will begin communicating with owners by mail and through their Ford and Lincoln smartphone apps once it has established a list of owners of these particular SUVs, the automaker said in a statement. Owners who believe their vehicles may be involved may also call the toll-free Ford toll-free number at 1-866-436-7332, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, which oversees vehicle recalls.

Ford will contact customers as soon as a solution to the potential problem is found, the automaker said.

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