Common, baby, light my fire

Common, baby, light my fire

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Ford (F) is on fire right now, literally. Ford is warning owners of some 2021 Ford Expedition and Lincoln Navigator SUVs that the engines in their vehicles could catch fire — even when they’re turned off! The auto giant is asking the owners of 350,000 vehicles to take them to dealers for repairs in three recalls, including about 39,000 that should be parked outdoors because the engines can catch fire.

So far it hasn’t developed a repair for the fires, which appear to start at the back of the engine compartment on the passenger side. Ford recommends that the SUVs be parked outdoors and away from buildings. 

In a separate recall, Ford is recalling about 310,000 heavy-duty trucks because the driver’s airbag may not inflate in a crash. The issue is that Dust can get into the airbag wiring in the steering wheel, disconnecting the electricity. The recall covers certain 2016 F-250, 350, 450, and 550 trucks. 

Why it matters

Ford has endured a tough time recently, with demand slowing for some of its more popular models. Compounded by continual news of recalls, cars catching on fire leaves us with one word on our minds: "Yikes!" 


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