Hagens Berman: Owners of Ford Expeditions and Lincoln Navigators Sue Automakers For Defects Causing Spontaneous Fires

DETROIT–(BUSINESS WIRE)–The owners of the Ford Expedition and Lincoln Navigator today filed a national class action lawsuit against Ford alleging that Ford failed to disclose and correct the defect that caused the spontaneous fire in the engine compartment, according to Hagens Berman.

According to a lawsuit filed in US District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan, the damage affected 39,000 vehicles and has resulted in at least 16 under-the-hood fires and one injury. If you own or rent a Ford Expedition or Lincoln Navigator, you may be entitled to compensation. Find out more about the lawsuit and register for an alert.


In a safety recall notice to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), Ford announced a defect in the engine compartments of the affected vehicles that could cause them to spontaneously catch fire while operating, parked and driven, or parked and turned off.

The affected vehicles include 32,711 model year 2021 Ford Expeditions and 6,302 model year 2021 Lincoln Navigators all built between December 1, 2020 and April 30, 2021. Hagens Berman is investigating Ford and Lincoln branded vehicles and additional model years.

“The catastrophic fire risk is a direct result of a defect that Ford knew or should have known about and which Ford has not yet fixed,” the lawsuit said. “Ford not only failed to disclose the Spontaneous Fire Defect to consumers before and after purchasing the 2021 model year Ford Expeditions and Lincoln Navigators at a premium price, but also misrepresented the safety, reliability, functionality and quality of the vehicle by this omission… Ford also eliminated the consequences, including serious safety hazard and monetary loss caused by Spontaneous Fire Defect…”

The lawsuit states that 12 of the reported fires occurred while the vehicle was parked and turned off, one occurred while the vehicle was parked and above, and three occurred while driving, with occupants reporting a burning odor and smoke from the front passenger engine compartment.

The Ford report states that 14 of the fires occurred in rental vehicles, indicating that fire defects may be related to mileage or use, increasing the risk to owners if they continue to use their vehicles.

The complaint states that Ford has not identified, or even speculated, on the cause of the fire, only noting that the fire originated around the rear engine compartment of the passenger side.

“Ford has a responsibility to provide safe vehicles to its customers and promptly repair or provide replacements when a defect causes a safety issue,” said Steve Berman, Managing Partner of Hagens Berman. “To this day, long after Ford knew or should have known that its vehicle spontaneously caught fire, Ford has failed to provide a repair or even instruct the owner to stop driving the vehicle, leaving its own customers in danger.”

The lawsuit seeks reimbursement and all damages permitted by law to the owner of the vehicle, including impairment due to Spontaneous Fire Defect and self-incurred expenses.

Hagens Berman specializes in complex and large-scale class-action litigation, and has managed to recover billions of dollars in settlements from automakers, including Ford, returning payments back into the hands of consumers across the country. The company recently negotiated a $1.3 billion settlement with Hyundai and Kia for engine fire defects and has a pending class action lawsuit against Fiat Chrysler for a spontaneous fire that affected its Chrysler Pacifica hybrid minivan.

Learn more about the lawsuits and defects affecting the Ford Expedition and Lincoln Navigator vehicles.

About Hagens Berman

Hagens Berman Sobol Shapiro LLP is a class-action consumer rights law firm with offices in 10 cities. The company has been included in the Hot List of Plaintiffs of the National Law Journal eight times. More about the law firm and its success can be found at www.hbsslaw.com. Follow the company for updates and news on @ClassActionLaw.

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