Ford recalls 410,000 trucks in U.S. for block heater cable defect

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Ford Motor Company (Ford) is recalling 410,289 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 in the U.S. equipped with an engine block heater. Water and contaminants may get into the block heater cable’s splice connector causing corrosion and damage.

Prolonged corrosion in the cable splice connector can cause a short, make the engine block heater inoperable, and/or trip household breakers or GFCI-equipped outlets while the vehicle is parked and the block heater is plugged in.

Affected vehicles include:
• 2015-19 F-150 vehicles built at Dearborn Truck Plant between March 18, 2014 and Nov.
17, 2018 and at Kansas City Assembly Plant between Aug. 21, 2014 and Nov. 17, 2018

• 2017-19 Super Duty vehicles built at Ohio Assembly Plant between Feb. 5, 2016 and
Nov. 17, 2018 and at Kentucky Truck Plant between Oct. 8, 2015 and Nov. 17, 2018


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.

Owners may contact Ford customer service at 1-866-436-7332. Ford’s number for this recall is 18S45. Owners may also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), or go to www.safercar.gov.

There are also 463,793 vehicle affected in Canada.

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