Ford F-150 Recall Is For Improperly Secured Battery-Terminal Fastener

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A recall has been issued on select 2019 and 2020 Ford F-150 pickups due to a battery-terminal fastener. The Ford F-150 recall is due to an improperly secured positive battery-terminal fastener. The F-150 recall states that excess sealant on the battery cable joint could cause issues with vehicle systems. A recall on older F-150 trucks was also announced last June.

The defect: the positive battery-terminal fastener may not be secured due to wiring eyelet adhesive on the surface area of the terminal joint contact for the battery-monitoring sensor.

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The hazards: an attachment point that isn’t secure could result in intermittent or inoperative vehicle systems impacting the instrument panel displays, braking or steering assist, or causing the engine to stall. The issue could create a resistive short and increase the potential for smoke, melting, or risk of fire.

Components: positive battery-terminal fastener

Affected vehicles: F-150 models built at the Dearborn Truck Plant from July 15th to October 1st, 2019 and at the Kansas City Assembly Plant from June 24th to October 1st, 2019.

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Number of affected vehicles: the recall covers 135,725 vehicles in the U.S. and federal territories, 30,073 in Canada and 2,257 in Mexico.

The fix: dealers will inspect the positive battery cable joint for excess adhesive. If present, the dealer will remove the excess adhesive, reassemble the joint, and torque the fastener to specification.

Owners should: contact their local Ford dealer.

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  • Ford Customer Service: 1-866-436-7332
  • FoMoCo Recall Number: 19S40
  • NHTSA Toll Free: 1-888-327-4236
  • NHTSA (TTY): 1-800-424-9153
  • NHTSA Website:

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Written by Shane McGlaun

Shane is a car guy with a fondness for Mustangs and off-roading.

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