Serious Ford recall affects 2020 Explorer and Lincoln Aviator with missing part

Marco Green
August 11, 2019

The company said it is recalling 13,896 vehicles that may be missing a manual park release cover. The parking release covers will be installed and the instrument clusters reset.

The SUVs are simply missing the manual park release cover, meaning its now a lot easier for owners to accidentally pull the manual park release, which could result in the truck rolling away.

Ford also said those vehicles could have faulty instrument clusters that were not set correctly and may not alert drivers to problems with the SUVs, or what gear they may be in.

The recall affects 13,896 vehicles in the USA and 239 in Canada with the majority of vehicles in dealer inventory, the company said.

The recalled vehicles were built at the Chicago assembly plant and include 2020 Ford Explorers built from March 27, 2019 to July 24, 2019 and 202 Lincoln Aviators built from April 10, 2019 to July 24, 2019. The factory mode setting is used to reduce battery drain during the production process.

Dealers will inspect for the manual park release cover and install one, if necessary. Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standards require the gear positions and selected gear to be displayed whenever the shifter is not in park. No one or no other vehicles were hurt or damaged in the incident.

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