Ford Expedition may have caused the Secret Service Hertz rental fire – Autoblog
It’s looking like a Ford Expedition may have been the cause of a fire among Hertz vehicles rented by the Secret Service during President Biden’s recent Nantucket visit over Thanksgiving.
Several media reports say the fire, which involved five vehicles, appears to have first ignited in a white Ford Expedition. At least that’s the focus for investigators, who have not yet offered an official determination. Local officials have said the fire was not suspicious.
2021 Ford Expeditions and Lincoln Navigators were subject to an urgent recall in May for a problem with the battery junction box. Ford said at the time the problem carried a fire risk, and advised owners to park the SUVs outside and away from structures or other vehicles. Ford devised a fix for the problem in July and said it could have all recalled vehicles repaired by September.
That, of course, is dependent on owners (or rental car companies) actually getting the vehicles in for the repair. It’s unclear yet whether the Expedition in question got into the shop. Hertz told Automotive News, “We can confirm that a fire involving our vehicles occurred early the morning of Nov. 28, at the rental car overflow lot at Nantucket Memorial Airport. Fortunately, no one was injured. We are working with the local authorities on their investigation.”
A large car fire involving multiple rental vehicles at Nantucket Memorial Airport is now out. There were no injuries reported but at least four cars sustained significant damage. #nantucket pic.twitter.com/VF7Zh7qoot
— Nantucket Current (@ACKCurrent)
November 28, 2022
The cars rented by Biden’s detail also included a Chevy Suburban, a Ford Explorer, a Jeep Gladiator, and an Infiniti QX80.