Over 18,000 Ford Explorer Models Face a Recall Due to Fire Risks

Don’t let your Ford Explorer go up in smoke! Thousands of Ford Explorer models are facing a recall due to fire risks. Thousands of Lincoln Aviator models are also at risk, and this issue was related to the 2022 Ford Mustang too. 

Recall alert for 2022 Ford Explorer and Lincoln Aviator models 

2022 Ford Explorer Timberline driving in the woods
2022 Ford Explorer Timberline | Ford

Thousands of Ford Explorer and Lincoln Aviator models are at risk of going up in smoke. This problem comes after multiple 2022 Ford Mustang models were fixed last month due to an issue with connectors on the fuel filler pipe vapor line. 

According to AutoBlog, the vapor line connects to the main filler tube to vent tank gases as gas runs from the tank to the fuel filler opening. But the connector that was built by a supplier failed to meet crucial engineering specs. Ford fixed all the Mustang models before they were shipped to the dealership. 

But 2022 Ford Explorer and Lincoln Aviator models that were manufactured between December 6, 2021, and January 3, 2022, have a similar problem, but they weren’t fixed at the factory. They made it out into the wild, which is why about 18,078 models are being recalled for repairs. 

The filler tube in the SUVs can detach during a crash or daily operations. If the tube becomes disconnected, then a fuel leak may occur, increasing fire risk. 

What to do if your Explorer or Aviator is at risk 

Ford shared that the engine light in 2022 Ford Explorer and Lincoln Aviator models may illuminate depending on the extent of the vapor leak. Trouble codes P0456, P0455, or P04F0 may appear. 

Also, Ford is currently unaware of any injuries or accidents related to this problem. If the engine light doesn’t light up, your vehicle may still need repair. 

Ford will begin notifying owners if their vehicles are at risk on April 4 while dealers have already been notified. But that’s about a month from now! You can see if your vehicle is affected right now. 

To see if your Explorer or Aviator is at risk, visit the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) site and enter your 17-digit vehicle identification number (VIN). 

For more information, affected owners can contact Ford Customer Service at 886-436-7332 with reference recall number 22C02. You can contact the NHTSA at 888-327-4236 with reference number 22V-088. 

What happens if your Explorer or Aviator is affected? 

The 2021 Ford Explorer parked near trees
2021 Ford Explorer | Allison Barfield, MotorBiscuit

If your 2022 Ford Explorer or Lincoln Aviator is at risk, then you will need to take your SUV in for service. A redundant locking clip will be installed, free of charge. We are currently unaware of how long this process will take. 

You don’t have to return to the same dealership where you purchased your vehicle. Going to a local Ford dealership will be fine. However, it’s always best to call ahead or go online to schedule an appointment in advance. 

This way, you can learn about any dealership requirements and inquire about the wait time. Luckily, the fix seems quick and easy. 

But if this problem started with the Mustang then occurred in the Explorer and Aviator, are other models at risk? We’ll keep an eye on Ford to learn more.

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