It's recall time for these specific vehicles.
Ford has issued a recall for a very small but specific number of 2018 Explorers, 2019 Super Duty pickup trucks, Expeditions and Lincoln Navigators, and 2019 Lincoln Nautilus. These are among its top-selling vehicles in North America but any recall regardless of sales success is always taken with equal seriousness. What's going on with these select SUVs and truck?
For the 2018 Explorer, the issue affects only 160 units powered by either the 2.3-liter or 3.5-liter engines, though all of which have a misassembled fuel pressure sensor that could result in a fuel leak, thus increasing a fire risk. The 2019 Super Duty – all four of them, in this case – have a transmission casing that may be missing material around the casting where the park pawl engages the transmission.
The vehicle could potentially move while in park. As for the 2018 Expeditions and Navigators, the recall number is significantly bigger. A total of 38,000 of the SUVs are affected due to potentially missing J-channel reinforcement brackets in the second-row seat track assembly. A missing bracket could potentially cause the seat to not be properly restrained during a crash.
Lastly, a total of 271 brand-new 2019 Lincoln Nautilus SUVs are being recalled, specifically those not equipped with adaptive front steering. The driver airbag modules may have improperly injected-molded plastic covers that could separate during deployment.
For all of the above issues regarding all vehicles, Ford is not aware of any accidents or injuries, fortunately. However, these are all safety-related problems and in case of an accident, there could be problems. As with any automotive recall, Ford and Lincoln dealerships will inspect and replace any faulty parts free of charge to customers. Ford and Lincoln will begin notifying affected owners on a so far unspecified date, but we can assume this will take place in the very near future.