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There's a lot that can go wrong in a Lincoln

What’s most likely to break in a Lincoln? We’ve got the most common problems, which vehicles they affect, and how long until it happens to you. We even have recommendations on specific generations to avoid.

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Deployed airbag

Lincoln Takata Recalls

Parts supplier, Takata, manufactured defective, shrapnel-hurling airbag inflators that need to be recalled. The issue affects 34 million+ vehicles spread out across 24 brands, making it one of the largest (and most dangerous) recalls in automotive history.

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Aviator Cracked Rear Panel

Own a 2003–2005 Aviator? Chances are your lift-gate is cracked. Complaints about cracked rear panels in that generation of Ford SUV’s including the Aviator, Ford Explorer, and Mercury Mountaineer is one of the most commonly issues reported on

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The Most Recalled Models

Lincoln generations that are better suited for the scrap yard

Recent Lincoln News

Lincoln Vehicles Named in Takata Recall Expansion

The MKX, MKZ, and Zephyr are part of another Takata recall expansion announced by Ford.

The whole situation is a mess, from

Across the industry 3.3 million vehicles are getting called back. There have been more confirmed casualties due to the inflators, and now there’s a stop-driving order for certain Ranger owners before it happens again.

The first Takata recall happened in May of 2013, crazy.

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Feds Deny Ford's Attempt to Stop a Takata Recall

Earlier this year, Lincoln’s parent company – Ford – petitioned the government to delay an important Takata recall. Their reason? The airbags in question contain calcium sulfate which is supposed to stabilize the inflators and prevent them from exploding and the automaker wanted more time to research the issue.

Well, time’s up.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) says the request “isn’t reasonable based on the data that has been collected.” Most notably, the data from Takata themselves that said – and I’m paraphrasing here – “WHOOPS, OUR FIX DIDN’T WORK – RECALL NOW.”

Owners of the 2006-2012 Lincoln MKZ and 2007-2010 MKX should expect to see a recall soon.

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Ford to NHTSA: We Don't Wanna Recall 2.7 Million More Takata Inflators

[Ford and Mazda] have petitioned the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) to be exempted from the Takata recall. Unlike the tens of millions of airbag inflators already recalled in millions of vehicles, the 2.7 million inflators have a drying agent (desiccant) called calcium sulfate used to protect the explosive chemical, ammonium nitrate, from moisture.

Takata initially thought these inflators were safe, but further testing revealed problems. Given the dangers Nissan did the smart thing and accepted the recall right away. Ford, meanwhile, wants more even more testing. That means owners of the 1st generation Milan are their crash dummies.

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