Ford Motor said on Friday it is recalling another 100,000 U.S. hybrid vehicles due to fire risks and expanding the previous recall after a series of reported fires.
The new recall covers particular 2020 through 2022 model-year Ford Escape, Maverick and Lincoln automobiles with 2.5-liter Hybrid/Plug-In Hybrid engines. The automaker said in the event of an engine failure, major quantities of engine oil and fuel vapor may be released that could accumulate near ignition sources, leading to a potential under-hood fire.
Dealers will change the Under Engine Shield and Active Grille Shutter to resolve safety issues.
No accidents or injuries connected with this issue have taken place as of yet, and customers do not need to park their vehicle outside.
The automaker is separately expanding its recall of 2021 Ford Expedition and Lincoln Navigator SUVs over under-hood fire risks by another 27,000 U.S. vehicles following the reports of five additional fires after its recall of 39,000 vehicles announced in May when 16 incidents related to fire were reported. There was also one injury.
The automaker has urged customers to park those vehicles outside and far from structures until repairs are carried out.
Ford has led all U.S. automakers as of now in 2022 with 44 recall campaigns spanning 6.7 million vehicles before this latest announcement.