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2020 Ford Explorer And 2020 Lincoln Aviator Recall Is Due To Fire Risk

Another 2020 Ford Explorer and 2020 Lincoln Aviator recall has been issued by Ford. This time out, the 2020 Explorer and the 2020 Lincoln Aviator recall is for a potential fire risk for vehicles with the 3.0-liter engine. The 2020 Ford Explorer was recalled in October due to a wiring harness issue that could potentially cause a fire.

The defect: in select Explorer and Aviator SUVs with the 3.0-liter engine, the convolute protective sleeve on the liquid fuel line isn’t long enough. That gives the potential for hard contact with the convolute-protected vapor fuel line. Over time the contact could let the vapor fuel line rub through the plastic liquid fuel line, causing a fuel leak that could catch fire. Ford says it is unaware of any accidents, injuries, or fire related to the recall.

The hazards: over time, the friction between the liquid fuel line and the fuel vapor line can rub together, leading to a potential fuel leak that could cause a fire.

Components: convolute protective sleeve on liquid fuel line.

Affected vehicles: were built at the Chicago Assembly Plant on January 18th through July 17th, 2019 for the Ford Explorer. The Lincoln Aviator vehicles covered in the recall were built at the same plant between January 15th through July 17th, 2019.

Number of affected vehicles: the recall affects 3,858 vehicles in the U.S. and federal territories, 35 in Canada, and seven in Mexico.

The fix: dealers will inspect vehicles for a full-length yellow-colored protective convolute on the liquid fuel line. If the cover is too short, it will be replaced with one of the correct length and secured with a tie strap.

Owners should: contact their local Ford dealer or Ford customer service at the number below.


  • Ford Customer Service: 1-866-436-7332
  • FoMoCo Recall Number: 19S49
  • NHTSA Toll Free: 1-888-327-4236
  • NHTSA (TTY): 1-800-424-9153
  • NHTSA Website:

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  1. Raymond Ramirez

    It seems that the Explorer has wiring problems for several of its model years. My brother-in-law has a 2005 Explorer and is rewiring the engine bay with a $400 harness from Ford, because several of the connectors have failed. I recommend that Ford review its suppliers for better quality or decide to build their harness on site.

  2. Barry

    I retired from Ford after 30 yrs. Most of the wire looms and several other parts are made in China. It’s a shame. I’m sure they all do it now.

  3. frank

    Never had a problem with any of our Ford Explorer. Never a code ,never left us stranded . As long as they fix the problems as they occur! Good Job Ford!


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