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2021 Ford Expedition, Lincoln Navigator Fire Recall Expanded, Fix Posted

Back in May, Ford Motor Company issued a recall for select 2021 Ford Expedition and Lincoln Navigator models after 16 under hood fires plagued a handful of vehicles. The majority of those fires occurred in rental units, with most happening while the vehicles were parked and not running. Regardless, FoMoCo wasn’t able to immediately determine what was causing these fires, which were believed to originate in the rear of the engine compartment near the passenger side of the vehicle, and as a result, asked owners to park their vehicles outside and away from structures. Now, Ford has discovered a fix for this issue.

The automaker believes that the root cause of these fires stems from a change in manufacturing location by one of its suppliers during the COVID-19 pandemic. Printed circuit boards produced at this facility are uniquely susceptible to a high-current short and were supplied to The Blue Oval and installed in 2021 Ford Expedition and Navigator SUVs produced during the recall window.

To rectify this issue, dealers will inspect affected vehicles and look for melting damage on the battery junction box and will replace it if necessary. Additionally, dealers will remove the engine fan ground wire from the battery junction box in affected vehicles equipped with an 800-watt cooling fan system, which represents about one-third of recalled models. For the remaining affected vehicles equipped with a 700-watt cooling fan system, the repair is identical, except for the installation of an auxiliary box with a wire jumper. The parts needed for this repair are expected to be available in early September, and Ford is still advising owners to park their vehicles outside and away from structures until it can be completed.

Affected customers will be notified via FordPass today, with follow-up communication coming for customers of vehicles with 700-watt systems as soon as parts are available. Meanwhile, the number of fires has grown to 21 – 18 of which are rental vehicles – while the recall has expanded to include a total of 66,221 Expedition and Navigator SUVs build in the U.S. between July 27th, 2020 and Aug. 31st, 2021.

We’ll have more on this recall as soon as it’s available, so be sure to subscribe to Ford Authority for more Ford recall news, Ford Expedition news, Lincoln news, Lincoln Navigator news, and 24/7 Ford news coverage.

Brett's lost track of all the Fords he's owned over the years and how much he's spent modifying them, but his current money pits include an S550 Mustang and 13th gen F-150.

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Comments

  1. David Dickinson

    “The automaker believes that the root cause of these fires stems from a change in manufacturing location by one of its suppliers during the COVID-19 pandemic.” I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again. There are going to be a lot of quality problems from pandemic built vehicles. Corners got cut, employees lost focus, quality was diminished across the supply chain, etc.

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  2. John Coviello

    Was the change in location from one country to another ????? David (above) is correct, I for see more issues like this coming. Ford is loosing the quality control war. Think about the Bronco roof’s, the diesel F350 fuel pumps, the EV high voltage battery contacts over heating….. Ford’s future, if there is one, should be very exciting !!!!!

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  3. JR

    Sounds like subpar parts again. Ford saving a nickel here and a dime there. So embarrassing for Ford, to sell a $80K truck to a consumer and tell them to park away from structures when you are not using it because it may catch fire 😡😡

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  4. Dee Hart

    The cure… Ford should start producing parts in-house again instead of contracting part production out to China… Bronco engine issue, valves come to mind.

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  5. #1 Road Warrior

    Wish you still had the FORD Expedition XLT 4X4 in the off-road package available in Burgundy Velvet Metallic. I do not like you new 4X4 off-road package available and it is not available in Burgundy either.
    Every car and truck manufacture out there has an off green color available, over kill?.
    Our Ford Expedition in Burgundy color gets a lot of complements and my wife loves it.

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  6. Bob

    I can’t pass recall without throwing out a comment.
    They don’t care; they’re making billions. But that clock is ticking down.

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