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Ford Explorer, Lincoln Aviator Recalled Over Engine Rail Safety Issue

Ford Motor Company is recalling select 2022 Ford Explorer and Lincoln Aviator models due to an engine rail safety issue.

The defect: in affected vehicles, the engine rails may have been improperly heat-treated.

The hazards: improperly heat-treated engine rails may reduce the vehicle’s structural protection in a crash, increasing the risk of injury. Additionally, an engine rail may detach and contact the road while driving, increasing the risk of a crash.

Ford is not aware of any accidents or injuries related to this issue.

Components: engine rails

Affected vehicles: select 2022 Ford Explorer models built at the Chicago Assembly plant between April 4th, 2022, and May 4th, 2022, as well as certain 2022 Lincoln Aviator models produced from April 4th, 2022, and May 3rd, 2022.

The fix: dealers will perform an engine rail strength test and replace the rails as necessary, free of charge. If the engine rails require replacement, owners will have the option for a vehicle replacement or buyback.

Owners should: wait for communications from Ford, which will begin August 1st, 2022. The Ford reference number for this recall is 22C13.


  • Ford Customer Service: 1-866-436-7332
  • FoMoCo Recall Number: 22S27
  • NHTSA Toll-Free: 1-888-327-4236
  • NHTSA (TTY): 1-800-424-9153
  • NHTSA Website:

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  1. crabbymilton

    It’s hard to keep track of these. Two guys in a tavern can make bets if the driveshaft will fall off first or the engine will fall out. Plus all of the other multitudes of problems with these. Perhaps in some ways if people are still waiting for their FORD/LINCOLN’s to be delivered, it’s not a bad thing from a least a safety or inconvenience perspective. I wonder if FORD will announce just to save face and restore goodwill offer to refund the price of of the cars of trucks that are backlogged?

  2. The Gentle Grizzly

    What will the “usage charge l” be against the trade or buyback?

  3. Larry S.

    While aluminum has been in use for years now, many people/employees/companies are not fully versed on every aspect of proper handling of it.

  4. Offmylawn

    Would someone please explain what an “engine rail” is? Is it part of the body? Or part of the frame? It clearly is NOT part of the engine.

    1. Scoutdude

      Yeah I’m not sure what they are trying to say either. It sounds like the front frame rails but those wouldn’t be aluminum. The other thing it could be is the front crossmember/subframe as those could be an aluminum casting.

  5. Gary

    I don’t understand why Ford vehicles have so many defects now. It never use to be that way. I am seriously considering changing brands. I have been a loyal customer for 40 years and Ford quality is now awful with no end in site.

  6. Crabbymilton

    You are exactly on target Gary. It is sad and disgusting that FORD has let themselves go in terms of quality and customer service. FORD lost me because they stopped building sedans. I don’t care much for short wheelbase SUV’s and crossovers and have no use for a pickup truck. But in some ways perhaps it’s just as well that they don’t build sedans for this market given all of these unending quality issues. I had 3 new FORD products in a row and they were good cars most especially the last one which was an ‘04 MERCURY GRAND MARQUIS. I finally traded it in November of last year due to mileage and corrosion issues and bought a ‘21 NISSAN ALTIMA and couldn’t be more pleased. Don’t worry about being loyal to one builder. There’s much more freedom by taking a generic approach. Builder loyalty doesn’t do much good when they don’t build what you want and/or the quality is garbage. I would hate to see FORD go out of business being a true American icon. But there are others out there and they would have only themselves to blame.

  7. crabbymilton

    Not my fault that FORD is run by stupid people. They had no product that I wanted. They have to earn my confidence for me to return otherwise it makes no difference to me which builder I hand over my hard earned money for a vehicle from now on. I’m just speaking of past heritage. In the same perspective, I wouldn’t want to see GM or CHRYSLER become defunct either. But its up to them.

  8. J

    Fix or repair daily


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