Ford Recalling New Explorers, Aviators for Crash Risk
DETROIT, MI. – According to a news report posted online at patch.com, carmaker Ford is recalling new Ford Explorers and Lincoln Aviators over vehicle crash risks. The company says these vehicles might have missing manual park release covers, which can cause sudden vehicle movement and can lead to an accident.*
The recall applies to close to 14,000 vehicles in the United States and more than 200 in Canada. Affected models included the following:
- 2020 Ford Explorers manufactured at the Ford Assembly Plant in Chicago, Illinois, between March 27, 2019, andJuly 24, 2019; and
- 2020 Lincoln Aviators manufactured at the Ford Assembly Plant in Chicago between April 10, 2019, and July 24, 2019.
Ford says that most of these vehicles are still at dealerships and have not yet been sold to consumers. The vehicles potentially have missing manual park release covers. The covers are required by Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standards and should only be removable by way of a tool. If the cover is missing, the manual park release lever might become active and then cause the vehicle to move unexpectedly.
The vehicle will move if the parking brake is not on, and this unintended movement could lead to a traffic accident and bodily injury. Ford says it knows of one incidence in which the issue led to an accident, which occurred during the production process for the vehicle. The vehicle was damaged, but no one was injured, according to Ford.
Ford believes that in these vehicle models, the instrument cluster might still be in “factory mode,” meaning that it does not send out audible warnings and does not show the vehicle’s present gear. This also runs contrary to Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standards, which require that the selected gear be illuminated at any time the vehicle is not in park.
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