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Lincoln Recalls 2020-2024 Aviators for Unusual Reason

Lincoln is recalling more than 109,000 Aviator SUVs. I've covered a lot of recalls but this is a new one.

Ford and Lincoln have had a series of problems with their backup cameras being glitchy, but this latest recall is for an unusual reason. Ford is recalling over 109,000 2020-2024 model year Lincoln Aviators because cell phones can interfere with the back up cameras. According to documents filed with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, Lincoln is aware of nearly 500 complaints and one minor accident because of the problem.

What is Causing the Problem

According to the documents, Ford and Lincoln are recalling Lincoln Aviator SUVs manufactured between Oct. 19, 2018, and April 25, 2024.

Drivers have reported flickering or distortion in the backup camera when they have their phones in the console or in the cup holder. Interestingly, this recall does not involve Ford Explorers which are very similar vehicles. Ford and Lincoln have recalled some Aviators before for problems with the backup cameras. In previous cases, dealers updated software or wiring.

In this case, Lincoln says the vehicle’s Accessory Protocol Image Module (APIM) may receive electromagnetic interference from cell phones. This could cause the image to flicker or not display properly.

Lincoln is asking drivers to not use their cellphones while in reverse until they can fix the problem.

How Ford and Lincoln Will Fix the Problem

The automaker informed NHTSA that it will fix the problem by having drivers return to the dealership where technicians can add more electromagnetic shielding around the APIM module. All of the recall work will be done free of charge, but dealers don’t expect to have the materials until July.

The owners of 109,283 Lincoln Aviator vehicles should be notified by mail starting July 8th, 2024. NHTSA’s number for this recall is 24V368. Lincoln’s number for this recall is 24S35.

Drivers with concerns can contact Lincoln at 866-436-7332.

Drivers can always contact NHTSA.GOV for information about ongoing recalls. Just put in your vehicle’s VIN number and it will show what recalls may affect your vehicle.

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