Ford Recalls Pickup Trucks to Correct Potential Fire Risk

January 7, 2019
Ford Super Duty truck.

Ford has recalled over 400,000 of its Super Duty trucks due to a possible defect with a cable connector, according to Business Fleet. The recall affects the company’s 2015 to 2019 F-150, 2017 to 2019 Super Duty (F-250, F-350, F-450), and Chassis Cab (F-550) trucks.

According to the article, trucks featuring an engine block heater may have a defect that allows water and other contaminants to move into the splice connector. This can cause corrosion, eventually resulting in a resistive short that increases the risk of melted writing, and potential fire.

Car and Driver reports that no injuries or accidents have occured in the U.S., but at least three underhood fires have emerged in Canada since September. The article also states that the defect was caused when Ford did not apply dielectric grease to block heater connectors on gasoline models. The company also installed the wiring too close to the ground on certain models. Dealers will apply grease onto the connectors when a vehicle is brought in.

The recall is set to begin today, January 7.

Source: Business Fleet & Car and Driver