Lincoln Aviator Cracked Rear Panel

Lincoln Aviator Cracked Rear Panel
Cracks in the Aviators rear panel are a common site

Own a 2003–2005 Lincoln Aviator? Chances are your lift-gate is cracked.

For years owners have been complaining about a split down the rear panel of their liftgate. The widely reported problem led to a lawsuit that seeks to hold Ford — parent company of Lincoln — accountable.

A Manufacturing Problem?

The crack is caused by the buildup of water and air behind the window panel over time. It's more than cosmetic as some owners have said as the crack grows it allows water to enter the vehicle and soak the trunk floor. There are even some reports of sensors getting fried from all the moisture. The rear panel lawsuit wants Ford to cover the cost of repairs — which can be hundreds of dollars — saying the company knew about the problem during manufacturing, but kept pumping out the panels anyway. For more information about the problem and the lawsuit, visit

Vehicles Affected

The defect affects the following model years:

Make Model Years
Ford Explorer 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005
Lincoln Aviator 2003, 2004, 2005
Mercury Mountaineer 2003, 2003, 2004, 2005

Actions You Can Take

This step is crucial, don't just complain on forums! The sites below will actively manage your complaints and turn them into useful statistics. Both and the CAS will report dangerous trends to the authorities and are often called upon by law firms for help with Class Action lawsuits. Make sure to file your complaint on all three sites, we can't stress that enough.

  1. Step 1: File Your Complaint at is a free site dedicated to uncovering problem trends and informing owners about potential issues with their cars. Major class action law firms use this data when researching cases. Add a Complaint

  2. Step 2: Notify the Center for Auto Safety

    The Center for Auto Safety (CAS) is a pro-consumer organization that researches auto safety issues & often compels the US government to do the right thing through lobbying & lawsuits. Notify the CAS

  3. Step 3: Report a Safety Concern to NHTSA

    The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) is the US agency with the authority to conduct vehicle defect investigations & force recalls. Their focus is on safety-related issues. Report to NHTSA

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Click the links above for additional details and any pending class action lawsuit information.

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