Ford warns owners of 140,000 Lincoln SUVs to park outside amid fears the vehicles could short out and catch fire even when the engine is OFF
- Ford has issued a recall notice for more than 140,000 Lincoln MKC SUVs, fearing a short circuit could cause them to catch fire
- So far, Ford is aware of 19 of the vehicles that are igniting around the world that may be linked to sensor issues.
- Footage shared on social media shows many vehicles completely destroyed by seemingly random fires
Ford has warned owners of more than 140,000 SUVs to park outdoors, fearing electric batteries could short out and catch fire, even when the engine is off.
The Lincoln MKC SUV is said to have a short that is causing the sensor to overheat, which can cause an engine block fire.
So far, Ford is aware of 19 of the vehicles that are igniting around the world that may be linked to sensor issues.
Of the nineteen cases, 11 occurred in the United States, 7 in China and 1 in Canada.
Photos shared on social media by a user who had issued a warning about the issue show a brown MKC completely worn out.
Social media user Dan Lawson has shared images of his Lincoln which he says could cost him and his family their lives.
The Lincoln is completely destroyed from the fire, with the front almost unrecognizable in this photo
The front of the car has been stripped due to the fire and the cogs are new strewn on the ground below.
Owner Dan Lawson said: “Buyers and owners of Lincoln MKC or Ford models like the MKC, beware of potential hidden dangers.
“We could have lost our home and our lives because of our MKC fire.
“Lincoln/Ford denies any wrongdoing and left us stranded and offered no assistance in any way. Thank you Ford, that’s true customer service for a loyal customer for 30 years.
Another social media user, Teresa Lee Coffman shared images of her burnt red Lincoln that her husband bought her for Valentine’s Day in 2021.
Coffman said the vehicle “burned to the ground” as she drove it in December 2021.
Images show that the front and center sections of his Lincoln were completely destroyed in the fire.
Coffman had received the Lincoln MKC, pictured here, as a Valentine’s Day present from her husband before it went up in flames
Before the fire, Coffman, pictured here, shared images of herself in her new red Lincoln on Facebook
A view of a 2019 Lincoln MKC during the New York Times Book Review Live in October 2018 in New York
Ford headquarters, pictured here in 2021, in Dearborn, Michigan
Ford is now encouraging owners of their 2015-2019 affected SUVs to park their vehicles outdoors and away from other cars and structures until a resolution can be found.
In the recall notice, Ford said the concerns were reported to its Critical Concerns Review Group (CCRG) after the underhood fire allegations were made.
The CCRG then investigated the fires in March, April and May, but has so far been unable to determine the origins of the fires, but the recall notice says they originated near 12 volt vehicle batteries.
Affected SUV owners should receive a letter notifying them of the recall beginning June 26.
To correct the problem, dealers will install a fuse in the battery monitor sensor power circuit.