Ford's recalls keep rolling in. The carmaker is currently expanding a recent recall to include more vehicles that may experience engine fires.
Some 100,00 SUVs are now being recalled because of faulty circuit boards that are susceptible to an electric short. Additionally, Ford is telling owners to park the vehicles outside and away from buildings as a precaution. In May, Ford recalled 39,000 Ford Expedition and Lincoln Navigator SUVs for the issue. Now Ford is including more than 66,000 vehicles from 2021. Affected are Ford Escape, Lincoln Corsair, and some Ford Maverick trucks that have 2.5-liter hybrid or plug-in hybrid powertrains. If the engine fails, oil and fuel vapor can leak onto hot parts, causing a fire.
At this point, there have been reports of 21 fires and one injury. Owners will be notified starting Aug. 8, but can check their car's status by visiting www.nhtsa.gov/recalls and typing in their vehicle's 17-digit vehicle identification number.
Earlier this summer, Ford recalled over 2.9 million vehicles because they might not shift into the correct gear, causing the vehicle to roll away. The affected vehicles included: 2013 to 2019 Escape, 2013 to 2018 C-Max, 2013 to 2016 Fusion, 2013 to 2021 Transit Connect, and 2015 to 2018 Edge.
These issues have not been Ford's only woes. The company also announced a recall for 48,924 Mustang Mach-E crossovers because of the risk of sudden power loss. Additionally, dealers were instructed to temporarily stop selling the car. The involved vehicles were built between May 27, 2020, and May 24, 2022.
The concern is that the EV's battery main contactors can overheat, causing the car to immediately lose power while in motion. The issue can apparently be fixed remotely with a software update, although customers can also take their car in to a dealer should they choose.