Recalls Plague The 2020 Explorer And Lincoln Aviator SUVs

Those looking into the 2020 Ford Explorer or Lincoln Aviator SUVs may want to wait a while after new recalls have just been announced. In early August, Ford Motor Co. issued a safety alert on these vehicles pointing toward the lack of an important part that keeps the car in a safe stationary position when in park. This means the car could move while parked, which can greatly increase a person’s risk of being involved in a car accident.

The Lincoln Aviator and Ford Explorer of 2020 were supposed to be new flagship products for Ford. These two new SUVs were touted as being built only in Chicago, tantalizing those who have a passion for buying American made products. The part that may be missing is the manual park lease cover, which keeps the car from shifting out of park when the car is placed in this position.

Typically the park release cover is removable, but only by using a certain tool, which prevents the part from becoming lost or dislodged when not intended. With the park release cover not installed in these two SUV models, the park release lever may become activated, causing the vehicle to move if the electronic park brake isn’t also applied. According to Ford, most of the affected vehicles have not yet been sold and are in dealer inventories. This leaves it up to dealers to have these vehicles fixed before they’re sold to the general public.

So far, there is only one reported accident involving this recall, and it occurred during vehicle transport within the production process. During this accident, only the vehicle sustained damage with no injuries reported. The recall affects a total of 13,896 vehicles in the United States and 239 vehicles in Canada.

What About Quality Control?

With products so new that the majority are still sitting in inventory dealerships, many are left wondering about what sort of quality control goes into manufacturing these vehicles. On top of the park release cover issue, some vehicles are being found in factory mode, which disables the display of gear positions as a person drives. Safety regulations require these gear selections to be displayed whenever the vehicle is not in park.

These were issues present when cars were first leaving the factory, and many feel should have been caught before they made it to dealership inventories.

Not The First For Ford Explorer

Those who may feel like this is history repeating itself regarding the Ford Explorer could be right. Ford also issued a large recall on June 12th for vehicles built between 2011 and 2017 due to issues found with the rear suspension. In these vehicles, those which experience full rear suspension articulation might experience fractures in the suspension’s toe link. This fracture in the toe link can greatly affect steering control and may lead a vehicle to crash. This recall affected more than 1.2 million Ford Explorer vehicles in the United States, and 28,000 in Canada.

For enthusiasts of the Ford Explorer or Lincoln Aviator, opting for a 2020 model might take some time while these issues are worked out by manufacturers. There is a certain expectation of safety when a person purchases a new vehicle, and these recalls show that this expectation cannot always be met by car manufacturers. If you do find yourself in an accident as a result of a faulty vehicle or other product, having a defective product lawyer or car accident attorney by your side is always your best course of action.


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