Ford extends SUV recall due to engine fire and warns owners to park vehicles outside

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DETROIT. Ford is extending its recall of SUVs and asking owners to park them outside following a series of engine fires that can occur even with the ignition off.

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The company also announced on Friday that it is recalling another 100,000 SUVs in the US due to another issue that also causes an engine fire.

In May, Ford recalled about 39,000 large Ford Expedition and Lincoln Navigator SUVs in the US and ordered owners to park them outdoors and away from buildings. On Friday, the company expanded that recall to cover more than 66,000 2021 model year vehicles after receiving reports of five more fires.

Ford Expedition 2021.

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At the time of the initial recall, Ford did not know what caused the fires. But on Friday, the company said it found the cause in circuit boards that are prone to short circuits. The company says it has reports of 21 fires and one injury, but no reports of fires spreading to buildings.

The printed circuit boards are part of the battery junction box. Dealers will check the box for melt damage and replace it if necessary. They will also remove or repair the cooling fan ground wire that connects to the junction box. Parts are expected to go on sale in early September.

The other recall concerns some 2020-2022 Ford Escape and Lincoln Corsair SUVs, as well as some small Ford Maverick pickups. All of them have a 2.5-liter hybrid or plug-in hybrid powertrain.

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Ford says that if the engine fails, a significant amount of oil and fuel vapor can get on hot parts, leading to a fire. The company says it has 23 reports of fires around the world with engines running, but no one was hurt.

Engines can fail due to crankshaft machining problems. This issue was fixed in production, but recalled vehicles may have had it.

Recalls do not fix engine problems. Ford said in a statement that engine failures are rare: 0.17 repairs per 1,000 vehicles.

Dealers will add drain holes to the underhood shroud and replace active grille shutters to allow for more airflow and keep underhood temperatures below the flash point of fuel or engine oil vapors.

Owners will be notified starting August 8th.

Owners check to see if their vehicles have been damaged and entering your 17-digit vehicle identification number.

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