Ford Motor Company is recalling 874,082 F-150 and Super Duty trucks due to an engine block heater cable that has created a fire concern.
The recall applies to Ford F-150 and F-Series Super Duty trucks in North America, where an engine block heater is used by truck owners to help keep engines warm and start more efficiently on cold winter days. The cable hangs off of the truck and is often attached to an extension cord plugged into a house or garage.
The defect: water and other contaminants may enter the block heater cable’s splice connector causing corrosion and damage. When the heater is plugged in, prolonged corrosion can cause a resistive short and increase the risk of overheating, melting wires, and potential fire.
The hazards: overheating, melting wires, and potential fire.
Components: engine block heater cable.
- 2015-2019 Ford F-150 equipped with engine block heater
- 2017-2019 Ford F-Series Super Duty equipped with engine block heater, including:
- 2017-2019 Ford F-250 Super Duty
- 2017-2019 Ford F-350 Super Duty
- 2017-2019 Ford F-450 Super Duty
- 2017-2019 Ford F-550 Super Duty
Number of vehicles affected: a total of 874,082 units across North America, including 410,289 in the United States.
The fix: 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 7th, 2019.
Owners should: Ford F-Series owners who wish to know if their vehicle is included in this Ford recall can visit owner.ford.com and click on Safety Recalls at the bottom of the page. There, customers can enter their Vehicle Identification Number (VIN) to see any open safety, compliance or emissions recalls, as well as customer satisfaction programs.
- Ford Customer Service: 1-866-436-7332
- FoMoCo Recall Number: 18S45
- NHTSA Toll Free: 1-888-327-4236
- NHTSA (TTY): 1-800-424-9153
- NHTSA Website: www.safecar.gov
- NHTSA Recall Number: 18V894000