Approximately 3,900 model-year 2020 Ford Explorer and Lincoln Aviator SUVs with 3.0-liter engines built at the Chicago Assembly Plant between Jan.15 and July 17, 2019, are being recalled due to a potential fire risk. The convolute protective sleeve on the liquid fuel line isn’t long enough, possibly allowing for hard contact with the convolute-protected vapor fuel line. Over time the contact could let the vapor fuel line rub through the plastic liquid fuel line, causing a fuel leak and increasing the risk of a fire in the presence of an ignition source.

Ford did not immediately announce an owner notification schedule. Owners can call the automaker at 800-392-3673 or the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s vehicle-safety hotline at 888-327-4236 to learn more.

To fix the problem, dealers will inspect the yellow-colored protective convolute on the liquid fuel line and, if it does not cover the full length of the line, remove the existing convolute and replace it with one that has the correct length, securing it with a tie strap.

Vehicle manufacturers are legally required to repair any recalled issues or replace the defective part for free under the Highway Safety Act of 1970. If the dealership refuses to fix the problem or attempts to charge you for the repair, contact the manufacturer immediately.

Lemon Law Group Partners can assist car owners if they encounter any problems during the recall process with the manufacturer. Our attorneys deal directly with the manufacturer on the client’s behalf to quickly resolve the problem. In many cases, the attorneys get paid directly from the manufacturer so the client does not have to pay any attorneys’ fees to obtain legal counsel. For more information and a free consultation call 888-668-8581.