Toronto, Ontario — Issued by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, Ford Explorer and Lincoln Aviator plug-in hybrid vehicles (PHEV) have been recalled due to a battery issue.
2,954 plug-in hybrid SUVs in the United States have been recalled due to a potential battery issue that could lead to power loss to the vehicle while driving.
At the current moment, no information from Transport Canada has come out issuing a similar recall for Canadian models.
The recall includes 2,941 Lincoln Aviator PHEVs from the model years 2020 to 2022. Also included is just 13 Ford Explorer PHEV (the only Explorer available in Europe), also from the model years 2020 to 2022.
The recall is caused by a folded anode tab inside one of the calls of the high-voltage LG batteries. This tab can cause the battery to short-circuit internally causing a Malfunction Indicator Light to come on.
While functions such as steering and braking will continue to work even with the damaged cell, the battery could potentially shut down, cutting power to the vehicle and increasing the risk of collisions.