Ford Motor Company is recalling about 14,000 model year 2020 Ford Explorers and Lincoln Aviators.
Federal law requires the manual park release cover be in place and only removable with a tool.
If the cover is not installed, the manual park release lever may be inadvertently activated, which could result in unintended vehicle movement if the electronic park brake is not applied, increasing the risk of crash
In addition, the instrument cluster may be in factory mode, which disables warning alerts and chimes, and does not display the PRNDL gear positions and which gear is selected.
The majority of affected vehicles are in dealer inventory and the issue will be remedied prior to delivery to customers.
The automaker says it is aware of one report of an accident occurring during vehicle transport within the production process.
This action affects 13,896 vehicles in the United States and 239 in Canada. The majority of affected vehicles are in dealer inventory. The issue will be remedied prior to delivery to customers.
What to do
Ford will notify owners and dealers will inspect for the manual park release cover and install one -- if necessary-- and will also verify the instrument cluster is out of factory mode and clear any diagnostic codes.
Owners may contact Ford at (866) 436-7332
Ford's reference number for this recall is 19C06.