, the Aviator recall stems from a potential issue with a battery wiring harness. The harness can become loose, and it may rub against a pulley in the air conditioning system. If this happens, wires may become exposed, and contact with these could lead to a short circuit that causes a fire.
There have been no recorded incidents of the potentially loose battery wiring harness leading to a vehicle fire, but the recall was still issued out of caution.
Learning that your vehicle has been recalled can be concerning. Vehicle safety is one of the most important factors people look for when purchasing a car. Does a car being recalled mean that a car owner has been driving an unsafe vehicle this entire time?
In reality, millions of vehicles are recalled annually, and these recalls are often issued for minor or rare problems. Catching vehicle issues early helps manufacturers avoid fines and bad publicity that may come from incidents with defects in their vehicles.
If you learn that your vehicle is facing a recall, it doesn’t mean you must shop for a new car. In most cases, the issue can be fixed easily, and you can get back on the road.
Lincoln's parent company, Ford, began alerting Aviator owners of the recall on July 30. If your Aviator is part of the recall, you can take it to a Lincoln dealer to have the issue fixed.
Because the issue with the battery wiring harness is a minor one, the repair is quite easy. If there is evidence that the harness has rubbed against the AC and caused damage, parts will be replaced as needed. If anything is loose, it will be tightened.
Hearing that your vehicle needs repairs can be intimidating, as it may sound costly. When there is a recall, there is no reason to worry, though. Repairs for vehicle recalls are done at no cost to the owner.
Lisa Steuer McArdle is an insurance writer with over 15 years of experience writing and editing content in a variety of industries, including insurance and personal finance. Lisa specializes in taking deep dives into make and model-specific content that helps car owners and buyers make solid money-saving choices. Lisa has written over 350 articles for Jerry on topics including electric vehicles to classic cars. Before joining Jerry, Lisa worked in various aspects of the printing industry as a content writer, developer, and editor and earned her bachelor’s degree in creative writing from Lycoming College.