Ford to recall 410K F-Series pickups for fire risk

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December 2018 – Detroit News – Ford is recalling more than 874,000 F-Series pickups with engine block heaters in the U.S. and Canada because they can catch fire.

The recall covers certain F-150s from the 2015 through 2019 model years, as well as the 2017 through 2019 F-250, 350, 450 and 550.

The company says in documents posted Friday on the U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration website that water and contaminants can get into the heater cable and cause corrosion. That can cause electrical shorts and possible fires. Engine block heaters warm the engines so they can start and warm up faster in extreme cold temperatures.

The company says the risk of fire happens only when the block heater cable is plugged into an electrical outlet.

RECALLED VEHICLES: 

  • Ford F-150 — 2015-2019
  • Ford F-250 — 2017-2019
  • Ford F-350 — 2017-2019
  • Ford F-450 — 2017-2019
  • Ford F-550 — 2017-2019

RECALL Subject: Block Heater Cable Splice Connector May Corrode
Report Receipt Date: DEC 18, 2018
NHTSA Campaign Number: 18V894000
Component(s): ENGINE
Potential Number of Units Affected: 410,289
Manufacturer: Ford Motor Company

DECEMBER 2018 — Ford Motor Company (Ford) is recalling certain 2015-2019 Ford F-150 and 2017-2019 Ford F-250 Super Duty, F-350 Super Duty, F-450 Super Duty, and F-550 Super Duty pick-up trucks equipped with an engine block heater. Water and contaminants may get into the block heater cable’s splice connector causing corrosion and damage. When the heater is plugged in, prolonged corrosion could cause a resistive short, increasing the risk of overheated or melted wiring and a fire. Ford will notify owners, and dealers will inspect and seal the block heater cable, or replace it, as necessary, free of charge. The recall is expected to begin January 7, 2019.


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