Ford is recalling its 2020 Explorer (shown) and Lincon Aviator for a fuel line issue. - Photo courtesy of Ford.

Ford is recalling its 2020 Explorer (shown) and Lincon Aviator for a fuel line issue.

Photo courtesy of Ford.

Ford Motor Co. is recalling an estimated 3,857 2020 Explorer and Lincoln Aviator midsize SUVs for a fuel line issue.

Specifically, over time, the protective sleeve on the vapor fuel line may chafe through the plastic liquid fuel line and cause a fuel leak.

The situation is hazardous as a fuel leak in the presence of an ignition source increases the likelihood of a fire.

To fix the problem, Ford will notify owners, and dealers will install a longer protective sleeve on the liquid fuel line at no cost to owners. Owners will be notified of the safety risk with an interim letter on Jan. 20. A second notice will be sent once parts are available. The anticipated timing for the repair should be by late in the first quarter.

Owners can reach Ford customer service at (866) 436-7332. Ford's reference number for this recall is 19S49.

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