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2015-2016 Ford F-150 Safety Recall Issued For Engine Block Heater Cable

Earlier today we talked about a recall issued for certain late-model F-150 trucks with LED lighting. Ford has issued another recall for older F-150 pickups. The Ford F-150 safety recall was issued for certain 2015 through 2016 pickups with an engine block heater cable. Ford is unaware of any fire or injury related to this recall.

The defect: some affected vehicles have a heater element location that may leave cables with insufficient heat protection and an incorrect length.

The hazards: trucks covered in the with improperly protected engine block heater cables have the potential for increased risk of a resistive short, inoperative engine block heater, and or tripping of household breakers or GFCI-equipped outlets when the vehicle is parked and the heater is plugged in.

Affected components: engine block heater cable.

Affected vehicles: this Ford F-150 safety recall covers vehicles built at the Dearborn Truck Plant between July 31st, 2014, and September 27th, 2016. F-150 pickups built at the Kansas City Assembly Plant between February 10th, 2015, and October 15th, 2016, are also covered in the recall.

Number of vehicles affected: the recall affects 13,854 vehicles in the United States and federal territories along with 19,679 vehicles in Canada.

The fix: dealers will inspect the engine block heater cable and repair or replace as necessary.

Owners should: contact Ford customer service or your local dealer.


  • Ford Recall Number: 20S08
  • Ford Customer Service: 1-800-392-3673
  • NHTSA Toll Free: 1-888-327-4236
  • NHTSA (TTY): 1-800-424-9153
  • NHTSA Website:

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

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  1. Bill

    I had this problem with my 2016 F150. It kept tripping a circuit breaker in the house. Had this recall done 2 years ago, 18 months waiting for a new replacement part, Dealer finally fixed it last year. Plugged it in last week and it tripped the circuit breaker in the house again. One of the reasons I picked this truck was the block heater. I live in northern New England & this is a big help on mornings below 0. Six years later and still not working. You would think something this basic would be an easy fix.


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