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Park outside: Ford recalls SUV due to engine fire risk

DETROIT ( Associated Press) – Ford is asking owners of 350,000 vehicles to take them to dealers for repair in three recalls, with about 39,000 to be parked outside because engines could catch fire.

Ford said in US government documents posted Thursday that it does not know what caused the fire in the 2021 Ford Expedition and Lincoln Navigator SUVs.

But the company says that a fire can happen even when the engine is turned off. Ford has 16 reported fires under the hood, 14 in rental company vehicles. One person got burnt. It is recommending that SUVs be parked outside and away from buildings. So far it has not developed fire repair, which starts at the rear of the engine compartment on the passenger side.

Ford said in a prepared statement that 12 of the 16 fires occurred when the SUV’s engines were off. The company says it has no reports of fire in any of the buildings.

Ford says it is not instructing owners to stop driving the SUV, though those who haven’t been able to follow directions out of park should contact their dealer or company.

Ford says it is treating the recall urgently and as it develops a list of vehicle owners and addresses, it will use apps and mail to notify customers.

“We are working round the clock to determine the root cause of this issue and then remedial so that customers can continue to use their vehicles,” Jeffrey Marantick, general manager of Ford Passenger Vehicles, said in a statement.

Ford began investigating reports of the fire on March 24. It says the fire is limited to SUVs manufactured from December 1, 2020 to April 30, 2021. The company says there are no reports of fires from vehicles manufactured before or after those dates.

The automaker is also recalling about 310,000 heavy-duty trucks because the driver’s air bag could not inflate in the accident.

The recall covers some 2016 F-250, 350, 450 and 550 trucks. Dust can get into the air bag wiring in the steering wheel, which can cut power. Dealers will replace the steering wheel wiring. Owners will be notified by mail from July 5.

And the company is recalling the 464 electric Mustang Mach-E SUV from 2021. A software problem can cause unexpected acceleration, deceleration or loss of drive power in all-wheel-drive vehicles.

Ford says in documents posted Thursday by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration that the powertrain control computer software cannot detect the error.

The problem will be fixed by the dealers or by online software update. The owners will be notified by letter around May 30.

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