2020 Ford Explorer, Lincoln Aviator: Recall Alert

Side view of a blue 2020 Lincoln Aviator 2020 Lincoln Aviator | Manufacturer image

Vehicles Affected: 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

The Problem: The convolute protective sleeve on the liquid fuel line is not long enough, which may allow for potential hard contact with the convolute-protected vapor fuel line. Over time, hard contact between the fuel lines could cause the convolute on the vapor fuel line to rub through the plastic liquid fuel line, increasing the risk of a fire in the presence of an ignition source.

Ford said it is not aware of any accidents, injuries or fires related to the issue.

The Fix: Dealers will inspect for full-length yellow-colored protective convolute on the liquid fuel line and, if it doesn’t 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.

What Owners Should Do: Ford did not immediately announce an owner-notification schedule. Owners can call the automaker at 800-392-3673, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s vehicle-safety hotline at 888-327-4236 or visit its website to check their vehicle identification number and learn more.

Need to Find a Dealer for Service? Go to Service & Repair to find your local dealer. To check for other recalls, and to schedule a free recall repair at your local dealership, click here: Ford Explorer, Lincoln Navigator

More From

Editor’s note: This story was updated Dec. 12, 2019, to note this recall includes the Lincoln Aviator, not the Navigator.’s Editorial department is your source for automotive news and reviews. In line with’s long-standing ethics policy, editors and reviewers don’t accept gifts or free trips from automakers. The Editorial department is independent of’s advertising, sales and sponsored content departments.

Photo of Patrick Masterson
Patrick Masterson is Chief Copy Editor at He joined the automotive industry in 2016 as a lifelong car enthusiast and has achieved the rare feat of applying his journalism and media arts degrees as a writer, fact-checker, proofreader and editor his entire professional career. He lives by an in-house version of the AP stylebook and knows where semicolons can go. Email Patrick Masterson

Latest expert reviews