Ford Expedition Nearly 200k, Lincoln Navigators Called For Fire Risk

Ford Motor Company, through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), has announced the recall of certain third-generation Ford Expedition and Lincoln Navigator units. Nearly 200,000 units of the SUV are at risk of fire in the vehicle because the damaged components are located near the passenger side.

According to NHTSA document, 198,482 Ford Expedition and Lincoln Navigators built between January 16, 2014 and June 30, 2017 were affected. More than 163,000 of them are Expeditions, while the remaining 35,000 are Navigators.

The affected SUV is at risk of interior fire while the vehicle is running. Ford has yet to identify the cause of the problem but it is believed that the problem originates within the front blower motor, which is located on the passenger side behind the glovebox.

According to customers experiencing the problem, manifestations of the problem include a malfunctioning fan, as well as a burning odor and/or smoke emanating from the instrument panel vents while the vehicle is running.

Affected Ford Expedition and Lincoln Navigator units will have their existing front blower motor assembly replaced with a revised service blower motor assembly, free of charge.

“If a customer experiences blower motor symptoms (not operating, intermittent, excessive noise, burning smell, etc.) prior to the availability of blower motor repair, the dealer will install a new blower motor service part of the current design. , repair parts available, dealer will replace blower motor assembly with new design part,” according to the recall document.

The specific VIN isn’t disclosed in voluntary recalls, so Ford says it’s best for owners to call the toll-free line to confirm. They can also contact their local Ford or Lincoln dealer, who can then obtain vehicle-specific information from the Ford On-line Automotive Service Information System (OASIS) database.

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