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2021 Ford Expedition, Lincoln Navigator Recalled For Under Hood Fires

Ford Motor Company is recalling select 2021 Ford Expedition and Lincoln Navigator vehicles over under hood fires.

The defect: affected vehicles may pose a risk of under hood fire, including while the vehicle is parked and off.

The hazards: A total of 16 fires have been reported, 14 of which occurred on vehicles owned by rental companies at multiple locations, while two were retail customer vehicles. Of these incidents, 12 reportedly occurred while the vehicle was parked and off, one while the vehicle was parked and on, and three while the vehicle was in motion.

Ford Motor Company is aware of one injury related to this condition.

Components: Ford began investigating this issue on March 24th, 2022, has not yet established a cause. The incidents are believed to originate in the rear of the engine compartment near the passenger side of the vehicle.

Affected vehicles: select 2021 Ford Expedition and Lincoln Navigator models produced from December 1st, 2020, to April 30th, 2021.

Number of vehicles affected: 39,013

The fix: Ford is treating this recall with a high sense of urgency and will communicate to customers – via the FordPass or Lincoln Way apps and mail – as soon as it finalizes the list of owners and addresses within the recalled vehicle population.

Owners should: wait for communications from Ford and park their vehicles outside and away from structures while the automaker investigates the cause of these under hood fires.


  • Ford Customer Service: 1-866-436-7332
  • FoMoCo Recall Number: 20S73
  • NHTSA Toll Free: 1-888-327-4236
  • NHTSA (TTY): 1-800-424-9153
  • NHTSA Website:

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  1. crabbymilton

    Just wait until the BEV version comes out at some point. Under hood fires are only the beginning. So FORD’s solution is too tell people not to park them near or inside structures.
    What a joke!

  2. Daniel Smith

    After custom ordering a 2022 expedition stealth ,only to later get an email from Ford telling me what they deleted on my order; i canceled my order. Perhaps the recalled 2021 expeditions didn’t have the engine fire delete.

  3. David Dickinson

    I’m glad I have a ’19. I suspect there are going to be a number of quality issues in all ’20-’22 models that can be chalked up to the work schedule weirdness of the pandemic.

  4. Crabbymilton

    Could be. But then again, if the thing was designed right, scheduling disruptions shouldn’t make any difference. FORD has simply become an incompetent joke.

  5. Tim

    I am keeping my ‘16 navigator only 75,000 km on it. My ‘22 ranger is on the way.

  6. Michael Bol

    After a while I don’t know how you can trust them. Fires from new models? Where is the quality control? No wonder their stock is so low


    When it rains, it pours. Thru April 30, 2022, Navigator sales are down 51.48% and Expedition sales are down 62.39% from 1-1-21 to 4-30-21. This recall will add to the problem.


    Kiss the profits goodbye on these vehicles.


    Everyone has a very short memory. This is not the first time Ford vehicles hone on fire on their own. While I was a foreman at a Ford dealership in the early to mid 2000’s the brake pressure transducer for the speed control would short out and burst on fire. I saw one go up in smoke right in the shop!!!
    What a recall that one was. Millions of vehicles. Good work Ford. After fixing them for over 25 years I would NEVER own another one. Sad isn’t it. I am in the municipal world now and this new crop of Explorers are really crap !

  10. crabbymilton

    Oh but this time they are really really gonna fix it. They’re not kidding!!!! Stop laughing they really really are gonna make it better… I go past a FORD dealer on my way and going home and there are always police EXPLORER’s parked waiting for recall and other repairs. Never had that when the CROWN VICTORIA’s ruled the cop car world. I was told by a person who works for the city which my workplace is located and she told me that they don’t like the EXPLORER’s because they are such lemons.


      Make sure you thank the inexperienced unqualified furniture guy (Farley’s predecessor) for discontinuing sedans after the 2020 model year.


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