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2020 Lincoln Aviator Recalled Over Safety Issue With Front Seatbacks

Ford Motor Company is recalling select 2020 Lincoln Aviator vehicles over an issue with the front seatbacks that could result in an injury during a crash.

The defect: affected models are equipped with front seatbacks that may have fasteners with incorrect torque on the side airbag and/or seatback module attachments.

The hazards: if the side airbag and seatback module are not fully secured, it could affect the trajectory of the side airbag deployment and may prevent or delay the airbag cushion from positioning correctly, increasing the risk of injury during a crash.

Ford Motor Company is not aware of any reports of accident or injury related to this condition.

Components: seats, airbags.

Affected vehicles: 2020 Lincoln Aviator vehicles built at the Ford Chicago Assembly Plant from April 11th, 2019, to June 8th, 2020. The same recall also impacts the Aviator’s corporate platform mate, the Ford Explorer. Both vehicles ride on the same Ford CD6 platform.

Number of vehicles affected: affected: 528 vehicles (Aviator and Explorer combined), with:

  • 491 vehicles in the U.S. and federal territories
  • 34 in Canada
  • 3 in Mexico
  • All figures include Lincoln Aviator and Ford Explorer

The fix: dealers will remove the front seatback panels from one or both front seats and verify the proper torque on the fasteners.

Owners should: wait for recall notice to arrive by mail, and contact their local Lincoln dealer with any questions.


  • Ford Customer Service: 1-866-436-7332
  • FoMoCo Recall Number: 20S48
  • NHTSA Toll Free: 1-888-327-4236
  • NHTSA (TTY): 1-800-424-9153
  • NHTSA Website:

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  1. Crabbymilton

    Then they wonder why FORD/LINCOLN is in a mess now.

  2. Me

    Over a recall of 500 vehicles? (Insert clown emoji here)

  3. Roy Chiles


  4. TeamTzly

    This recall should also include you cannot park it on a hill facing downward. If you do it want start unless it has more than a half tank. Caution!!

  5. Roger Karstofsky

    I purchased a Black Label Lincoln Aviator after watching a Youtube and it was beautiful inside and out. After only driving it for around 10 weeks the problems began. A 4ft coolant hose was improperly installed at the Chicago Assembly Plant which ended up coming in contact with a pulley which cut the hose and antifreeze leaked onto my garage floor. Called Lincoln Roadside to tow the car to my Lincoln dealer. Replaced hose and installed properly using a clamp which was missing from original build. The technician test drove the car and realized the steering had a problem and put it up on a hoist only to discover that the tow hooks had cracked suspension arms on both sides and damaged the subframe and many other problems that they keep finding. Now 3 weeks have past and no end in site. My dealer tells me my problems are just beginning as this fix will be reported to CarFax and will be deemed unsafe due to subframe damage. Other problems with the car are Driver Seat not cooling, GPS screen freezes up, Back hatch won’t close because it thinks there is something in the way when there isn’t. Leather on drivers seat poorly stitched. And ofcourse coolant hose installed improperly without a clamp at the Chicago Assembly Plant which started this whole nightmare. And the Lincoln Concierge Manage and the her supervisor said there is nothing they can do for us. We never expected to be treated this way. My wife and I are in our 70’s and we don’t know where to turn. Lincoln PLEASE HELP US. STEP UP TO THE PLATE AND DO THE RIGHT THING AND REPLACE THIS CAR.
    don’t know where to turn

    1. Roy Chiles

      Lincoln own you and your wife a Aviator they need to buy that mess back and put you in a new 2021 Aviator. Lincoln are you listening step up, you want to be a SUV dealership here your change to earn it

  6. Vernon Lilly

    I also bought a 2020 Lincoln Aviator this October but it was a lemon already with 3000 miles on it. I purchased it and they fixed 90 percent of the issues the next couple of days. Apparently there in no rush to fix unless purchased. But I’m finding little things here and there but the biggest issue is the steering. It gets super tight and hard to steer at times but of course it never happens when it’s at the shop. Also door open button on inside coming loose, trim had to be replaced, and also don’t ride as smooth as you would think either. I’m working with them being patient since I knew I was buying a lemon anyway. Got to make lemonade right! Hopefully they figure this stuff out.


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