Ford announced a recall of select 2020 Expeditions and Lincoln Navigators after it was discovered the models are equipped with defective Pre-Collision Assist features. These features include the forward collision warning (FCW) and automatic emergency braking (AEB) technologies.
When a vehicle’s Pre-Collision Assist features do not function properly there is a possibility for the driver to not receive a warning informing him of the problem with the system, the automaker said.
In the case of a non-functioning Pre-Collision Assist system in a Ford or Lincoln vehicle, it might fail to detect an imminent collision and reduce the severity of the impact on the vehicle and the passengers.
Fortunately for customers, the recall documents state that the problem only affects models that currently have the standard camera-only Pre-Collision Assist system. Models that were built with the optional radar-plus-camera system are not part of the recall.
A total of 25,081 SUVs will be recalled, of which 187 are Navigators with build dates between July 19, 2019 and March 19, 2020. Affected Expeditions, meanwhile, are those built from April 16, 2019 to March 20, 2020.
Ford, however, clarified that it is not aware of any reports of accident or injury related to the issue.
To fix the problem, the automaker has instructed owners of the affected models to bring their SUVs to the nearest dealership. Dealers will reprogram the body control module, instrument panel cluster, anti-lock braking system, and headlamp control modules of the vehicles. The tire pressure monitor system will also be reset.
The reprogramming will be at no cost to customers but it will resume as soon as dealerships resume operations.
Owners can expect to receive their recall notifications beginning May 25.
The problem was discovered while the company’s factory was closed due as part of Ford’s efforts to help curb the spread of the coronavirus in the United States.