Ford is also recalling electric Mustang Mach-E SUVs due to a software issue that causes unwanted acceleration, deceleration or loss of driving power in all-wheel drive vehicles.
Ford is asking owners of 350,000 vehicles to take them to dealers for repairs in three recalls, including some 39,000 cars that must be parked outdoors because their engines can catch fire.
Ford says in US government documents released Thursday that it doesn’t know what’s causing fires in some 2021 Ford Expedition and Lincoln Navigator SUVs.
But the company says fires can occur even when engines are off. Ford has reports of 16 fires under the hood, 14 in rental company vehicles. One person was burned. It is recommended that SUVs be parked outdoors and away from buildings. So far he has not developed a fix for the fires, which appear to start in the rear of the passenger side engine compartment.
Of the 16 fires, 12 occurred while the SUVs’ engines were off, Ford said in a statement. The company says it has no reports of fires spreading to any buildings.
Ford said it’s not directing owners to stop driving SUVs, though those who can’t follow outdoor parking instructions should contact their dealer or the company.
Ford explained that it is treating the recall urgently and will use apps and emails to notify customers as soon as it develops a list of owners.
“We are working around the clock to determine the root cause of this problem and the subsequent solution so that customers can continue to enjoy using their vehicles,” Jeffrey Marentic, general manager of Ford passenger vehicles, said in a statement.
Ford began investigating fire reports on March 24. It says the fires appear to be limited to SUVs made between Dec. 1, 2020, and April 30, 2021. The company explained that it has no reports of fires involving vehicles made before or after those dates.
The automaker is also recalling about 310,000 heavy-duty trucks because the driver’s airbag may not inflate in a crash.
The recall covers certain 2016 F-250, 350, 450 and 550 trucks. Dust can get into the steering wheel air bag wiring, disconnecting the power. Dealerships will replace steering wheel wiring. Owners will be notified by mail beginning July 5.
And the company is recalling 464 2021 Mustang Mach-E electric SUVs. A software problem can cause unwanted acceleration, deceleration, or loss of driving power in all-wheel drive vehicles.
Ford says in documents released Thursday by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration that the powertrain control computer may not detect a software error.
The problem will be fixed by dealers or by online software update. Owners will be notified by letter around May 30.