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Ford recalls 2020 Explorer, Lincoln Aviator

The vehicles may be missing a part that keeps the car from moving while parked

August 2019 –  Detroit Free Press – Ford Motor Co. issued a safety alert for the 2020 Explorer and Lincoln Aviator SUVs on Wednesday, noting that the vehicles may be missing a part that keeps the car from moving while parked, “increasing the risk of crash.”

The company said in a news release that the vehicles may be missing the manual park release cover, which is not a minor issue.

“Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standards require the manual park release cover be in place and only removable with a tool. If the cover is not installed, the manual park release lever may be inadvertently activated, which could result in unintended vehicle movement if the electronic park brake is not applied,” Ford said in its release.  Ford spokeswoman noted, “This is a safety compliance recall, vehicles are safe to drive.

Instrument Custer – No warning Alerts – No Gear Position

Also, the instrument cluster of affected vehicles may be in factory mode, which disables warning alerts and chimes, and does not display the gear positions and which gear — drive, reverse, park, neutral — is selected, the Ford alert said.

Federal safety regulations require the gear positions and selected gear to be displayed whenever the shifter is not in park.

Ford said it is aware of one report of an accident occurring during vehicle transport within the production process. The incident resulted in only vehicle damage, Ford said.

The recall affects 13,896 vehicles in the United States and 239 in Canada.

Ford dealers will inspect the vehicle for the manual park release cover and install one, if necessary, the company said. Dealers will also verify the instrument cluster is out of factory mode and clear any diagnostic codes. The Ford reference number for this recall is 19C06.

Ford Explorer Steering Recall

This isn’t the first alert for Explorer owners this summer. Ford issued a recall on June 12 for vehicles built in 2011-17 because of a safety issue.

“Vehicles that are exposed to frequent full rear suspension articulation (jounce and rebound) may experience a fractured rear suspension toe link. A fracture of a rear toe link significantly diminishes steering control, increasing the risk of a crash,” the company said in its release.

One customer reported hitting a curb when the toe link broke, Ford said. The company is not aware of any reports of injury related to this condition in markets included in this action, it said.

This action affects approximately 1.2 million vehicles in the United States and federalized territories.

Affected vehicles were built at Chicago Assembly Plant, May 17, 2010 to Jan. 25, 2017.

Dealers will remove and replace the affected parts and align the rear suspension. The Ford reference number for this recall is 19S17.


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