Ford recall expands: How to check if your car is affected

Ford is recalling an additional 100,000 vehicles in the US and telling owners of those vehicles to park outside after a series of engine fires that can take place even when the ignition is switched off.

The company originally recalled about 39,000 Ford and Lincoln SUVs in May due to 16 reports of engines catching fire.

Owners of the affected vehicles will be notified starting Aug. 8, but you can check to see if a vehicle is affected by going to this website and typing in the 17-digit vehicle identification (VIN) number.

The company says owners of Ford Expedition and Lincoln Navigator SUVs should park outside and away from buildings to reduce the risk of things catching fire.

When the first recall took place, the Ford Motor Company did not know what was causing the fires. But last week, the company said it has traced the problem to circuit boards at-risk for an electrical short, according to The Associated Press.

Ford says there were reports of 21 fires and one injury, but no reports of fires extending to buildings.

Ford has had a history of recalls for other issues this year. Earlier in the year, the company recalled more than 650,000 vehicles due to failing windshield wipers.

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