Twelve of the fires occurred while the vehicle was parked and turned off, one while the vehicle was parked and turned on and three while it was in motion, according to the company.
The exact cause of the fires, which are believed to have started on the rear passenger side of the engine bay, is still under investigation, Ford said in a statement.
“We are working around the clock to determine the root cause of this issue and the subsequent remedy so customers can continue to enjoy their vehicle,” said Jeffrey Marentic, general manager, Ford Passenger Vehicles.
Owners are not advised to stop driving SUVs, only to move them away from structures when parked.
Ford will begin contacting owners by mail and through their Ford and Lincoln smartphone apps as soon as it determines a list of owners of those specific SUVs, the automaker said in a statement. Owners who think their vehicles might be involved can also call Ford’s toll-free number at 1-866-436-7332, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, which oversees vehicle recalls.
Ford will communicate with customers once a solution to the potential problem has been found, the automaker said.