Park Gear Issue Causes Recall Of 14,000 Ford Explorers And Lincoln Navigators

Ford has issued a recall for select 2020 Ford Explorer and Lincoln Navigator in the United States and Canada.

According to the car manufacturer, the SUVs may be missing the manual park release cover. In addition, the instrument cluster of affected vehicles could still be in factory mode and, therefore, not display the gear positions and which gear is selected by the driver. The Detroit Free Press notes that federal safety regulations require the gear positions and selected gear to be displayed at all times.

Ford explained that “Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standards require the manual park release cover be in place and only removable with a tool. If the cover is not installed, the manual park release lever may be inadvertently activated, which could result in unintended vehicle movement if the electronic park brake is not applied.”

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The campaign concerns a total of 13,896 Explorer and Navigator models in the United States and 239 in Canada. Ford says that the majority of these are still at dealerships’ lots and not in the hands of customers. The affected Explorers models were built from March 27 to July 24 while the Navigators from April 10 to July 24.

To resolve the issue, dealers will inspect the vehicle for the manual park release cover and. if necessary, install one. They will also ensure the instrument cluster is out of factory mode and clear any diagnostic codes.

Ford issued a separate recall for the 2011-2017 Explorer on June 12, stating that 1.2 million vehicles in the United States “may experience a fractured rear suspension toe link.”

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  • Aelwyn

    I’m pretty sure the recall impacts the 2020 Explorer and Aviator, not the Navigator.

  • Bo Hanan

    Is this even out yet?

    • dumblikeyou2

      Yes, already seeing the new Explorer on the road.


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  • dumblikeyou2

    As per the Detroit Free Press:

    Quality control questions

    Industry observers said they’re surprised to hear of problems on high-profile products so soon.

    “We are glad to hear no one was killed or seriously injured, but it certainly raises questions about the quality control process when brand new, high-end, vehicles are being released from the factory where ‘park’ doesn’t work or the driver cannot even see what gear the vehicle is in,” said Jason Levine, executive director of the Center for Auto Safety. “These are glaring violations of federal safety regulations.”

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