Ford is recalling certain 2020 Expeditions and 2020 Lincoln Navigators because they are equipped with nonfunctioning Pre-Collision Assist features, a system that includes forward collision warning (FCW) and automatic emergency braking (AEB). The driver may not receive a warning that the systems are not working properly.
An inoperative Pre-Collision Assist system may not detect an imminent collision and reduce the severity of an impact.
This problem only affects models equipped with the standard camera-only Pre-Collision Assist system. Vehicles built with the optional radar-plus-camera Pre-Collision Assist system are not affected.
Of the 25,081 recalled SUVs, only 187 are Navigators.
Ford is not aware of any accident or injury reports related to this condition.
This problem was discovered at a time that the factory had been closed because of the COVID-19 pandemic. Once production resumes, the updated software will be used in all new vehicles going forward. (Learn what to do if your car has a recall now.)
The recall is expected to begin May 25, 2020.
Certain 2020 Ford Expeditions built from April 16, 2019, to March 20, 2020
Certain 2020 Lincoln Navigators built from July 19, 2019, to March 19, 2020
The problem: Incorrect software programming in the modules that control the camera-only version of the Pre-Collision Assist System.
The fix: Dealerships will reprogram body control module, antilock braking system, instrument panel cluster, and headlamp control modules. The tire pressure monitor system will need to be reset as well. There is no charge for this service.
How to contact the manufacturer: Owners may contact Ford customer service at 866-436-7332.
NHTSA campaign number: 20V-262. The Ford reference number for this recall is 20S20.
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If you plug your car’s 17-digit vehicle identification number (VIN) into NHTSA’s website and a recall doesn’t appear, it means your vehicle doesn’t currently have any open recalls. Because automakers issue recalls often, and for many older vehicles, we recommend checking back regularly to see whether your vehicle has had a recall issued.
Source: CONSUMER REPORTS