A 2020 Ford Explorer that's included in the Ford Explorer and Lincoln Aviator recall.

Ford has issued a recall for 2020 Explorer and Lincoln Aviator SUVs to replace the driveshaft, which transfers power to the rear wheels, because it might fail in ways that could cause a crash and/or injury.

In a written statement, Ford said that the driveshaft may detach from the transfer case and rear axle. This could cause the vehicle to lose power while in motion or move in ways the driver doesn't expect. In addition, a driveshaft that detaches from the vehicle may come in contact with the fuel tank and cause a fuel leak and/or a fire.

Although 10,905 vehicles have been recalled, the automaker estimates that only 18 of them will need new driveshafts. Inspecting the vehicles to determine which ones need a repair is part of the recall. 

The Details

Vehicles recalled: 2020 Ford Explorer and Lincoln Aviator SUVs manufactured between Aug. 24 and Sept. 30, 2019.

The problem: The driveshaft may fracture along a weld seam. If this happens, the connection between the transfer case and rear axle may be lost, and the driveshaft itself may come in contact with the fuel tank.

The fix: Dealers will inspect the driveshaft and replace it if necessary, free of charge.

How to contact the manufacturer: Owners may contact Ford customer service at 866-436-7332.

NHTSA campaign number: NHTSA hasn't issued a campaign number for this recall yet. Ford’s own number for this recall is 20S65.

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