Ford is recalling nearly 200,000 large SUVs in the United States because heating and cooling fan motors can fail and catch fire.
The recall covers Ford Expeditions and Lincoln Navigators from model years 2015 through 2017.
The Dearborn, Michigan company says in government documents that it has reports of 25 fires caused by the engines, which are behind the glove box. Thirteen fires were limited to the fan motor area, while 12 caused significant damage to SUVs. Three fires damaged structures and one damaged another vehicle.
One person reported hand and finger injuries, and all fire reports indicated the vehicles were in motion at the time of the incident, Ford said in documents released Thursday by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
The company says it is not telling people to park SUVs outside, unlike a reminder last month. It says some customers have reported inoperative fans, burning smells, or smoke coming from the vents when the vehicle is running.
Dealers will replace the front fan motor assembly at no cost to owners, who will be notified beginning September 12.
This is the second recent recall for the Expedition and Navigator due to issues that could cause fires.
In July, Ford extended a May recall to 66,000 of the 2021 model year SUVs. The company told owners to park them outside due to a series of engine fires that could occur. occur while the ignitions are off. Ford traced the cause to circuit boards that are sensitive to electrical shorts.
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