Back in May, Ford Motor Company issued a recall for select 2021 Ford Expedition and Lincoln Navigator models after 16 under hood fires happened, mostly in rental units that were parked and not running. Ford wasn’t able to initially determine the root cause of these fires, though just last week, the automaker announced that the problem stems from faulty circuit boards obtained from a supplier. Ford now has a fix for the issue, but only for vehicles equipped with an 800-watt cooling fan system, which represents about one-third of recalled models – not the other two-thirds that are equipped with a 700-watt system. Armed with that information, attorneys at Hagens Berman Sobol Shapiro LLP – the firm representing the owners involved in a class-action lawsuit against Ford pertaining to this matter – has filed an amended class-action lawsuit representing the owners of some of these vehicles, the firm has revealed.
“While it is positive news that Ford believes it has found its manufacturing defect that is behind at least 21 dangerous spontaneous fires in its luxury vehicles, at the same time, Ford has now admitted that this defect affects at least 66,000 vehicles still covered under warranty,” said Steve Berman, Hagens Berman co-founder and managing partner. “Ford claims to have designed a fix, yet admits it only has parts for a small subset of the affected vehicles, and the timeline Ford presents is at best several months in the future for most vehicles to be repaired. To add insult to potential injury, Ford has also failed to provide any substitute vehicles or compensation for those who choose not to assume the risk of fire to continue using their vehicle.”
Ford has instructed affected customers to park outside and away from structures until their vehicles are fixed, but the parts required for the majority of vehicles included in the recall won’t be available until September. That response didn’t settle well with the plaintiffs in this case, including one, whose 2021 Ford Expedition caught fire in front of his home when he was away. The fire came perilously close to the owner’s home as we can see in the provided video and photos, but thankfully, a passerby called the fire department and they were able to extinguish it before that happened. Making matters worse, he never received a notification that his vehicle was subjected to a recall.
“Our client’s experience shows just how close folks with these vehicles can come to losing it all due to Ford’s admitted manufacturing defect,” Berman said. “In this case, our client’s vehicle – which visibly ignited in the exact spot where Ford has admitted the manufacturing defect – has not been recalled by Ford, suggesting that in addition to its response, Ford’s investigation of this defect appears inadequate.”
Meanwhile, the number of fires in Expedition and Navigator SUVs has grown to 21, 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.
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It’s tempting to make jokes or sarcastic remarks but these quality problems are getting beyond just nuisance or inconvenience. Potentially losing your home and loved ones because FORD doesn’t know what the hell they are doing is beyond serious and can’t continue any longer. Unfortunately, this has been going on for so long and there doesn’t seem to be a sense or urgency on FORD’s part.
Fixing the problems with undivided attention what else? Obviously FORD has no interest in that demonstrated by dragging this out over the last several years.
As a ’19 Expedition owner, I’d like more details from Ford to make me feel better about the “fire engine” I’m now driving (and it’s red too). Why are only vehicles built between July 27th, 2020 and Aug. 31st, 2021 effected? Please give other Expedition owners some logical reason why we are not going to be effected. Was some part swapped out? Are all the vehicles from one assembly location? How can Ford be certain that other Expeditions aren’t effected?
Mr. Berman’s law firm is top notch. If he is on the case, Ford customers are in good hands.
David, I would buy a few decent fire extinguishers, one for the vehicle and one for the garage. Make sure they are rated for vehicle fires.
Thanks, Dee. Great suggestions. It is out in the driveway but I should get an extinguisher to keep in the vehicle. Trip to Home Depot shortly.
I know it is not the same as a Navigator, but, I keep admiring the Aviator and would really like to own one. It is within reach, but, Ford’s more or less constant parade of recalls for serious stuff has me avoiding it. What a shame.
Ditto here. Originally, my next vehicle (in a couple of years) was planned to be a Toyota 4Runner but I really have been impressed by our ’19 Expedition (first-ever Ford) and then I got the Bronco bug (and latched onto this website) and thought, when the time came, that I’d get a Bronco. With Ford’s long list of MAJOR quality problems, I’m back in the 4Runner camp.
Now, that’s a “hotrod” That being said, Ford telling people to park their vehicle until a fix is created shows just how far out of touch manufacturers have gotten… Ford should be loaning a new vehicle to those that are affected by this serious issue that there is no fix for yet. Most people can not just park their (only) vehicle because Ford says not to drive it. Life still goes on for these customers, work, shopping, etc. People are still paying off bank loans for a vehicle that Ford says not to drive.
Don’t trust my vehicle outside my garage at night the way they’ve been stealing catalytic converters around here.
I put a battery disconnect in mine no power no fire while its in my garage anyway.
And Farley is still running Ford.
UNBELIEVABLE!!! THANK THE LORD ABOVE THE HOUSE DIDN’T BURN TO THE GROUND!!!! AND OTHER’S AROUND IT……..
How does a car ignite, even when it’s off? No fix until September? Living in Texas it’s hell parking outside in this heat. Not to mention constant attempted break-ins, even in a gated community. Come on Ford. This is nerve wracking!