Lincoln Aviator SUV Recalled for Battery Problem and Resulting Fire Risk

The insulation on a cable may wear away, causing a short circuit

2020 Lincoln Aviator
2020 Lincoln Aviator
Photo: Lincoln

Lincoln is recalling more than 36,000 Aviator SUVs in North America from the 2020 and 2021 model years because the battery cable wiring harness might not be properly secured. 

According to the automaker, the loose wiring harness may contact the pulley for the air conditioner. Over time the pulley may wear through the wire harness insulation and come in contact with the battery positive circuit. This could result in a short circuit and a potential fire.

In a written statement, Lincoln said it is not aware of any crashes, injuries, or fires attributable to the problems.

The Details

Vehicles recalled: 36,258 Lincoln Aviators from the 2020 and 2021 model years.

The problem: A loose battery wiring harness may come into contact with the pulley for the AC system, which could wear away the cable insulation. The pulley could then contact the battery positive circuit, resulting in a short circuit and possibly a fire.

The fix: The dealer will inspect the vehicle to see if the cable has come in contact with the pulley. If there is no evidence of contact, the dealer will add a tie strap to secure the cable. If any of the circuits are damaged, the dealer will either add the tie strap and replace the AC compressor belt, or replace the battery cable wire harness, add the tie strap, and replace the AC belt. This work will be performed at no cost to the vehicle owner. 

How to contact the manufacturer: Ford, the parent company of Lincoln, will begin contacting owners of affected vehicles during the week of July 30. Owners can also contact Ford’s customer service department at 800-392-3673. Ford’s reference number for the recall is 21S34. 

NHTSA campaign number: 21V534000. Ford’s number for this recall is 21S34.

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Jon Linkov

I owe my career to two fateful events: my father buying a 1965 Corvette and my purchase of an Audi A4 rather than a Chevy Tahoe. The Corvette jump-started my love of cars, and the Audi led me to automotive journalism, track days, and amateur car repair. In my free time I cycle as much as possible, no matter the season.