Ford Motor Co. has announced that it is conducting 3 separate recalls involving approximately 48,000 vehicles in the US and Canada. The first involves about 4,800 heavy trucks F-650 and F-750 to replace parking brake connector clips. Ford said it is not aware of any accidents or injuries related to this defect that affects certain 2015 and 2016 model year big trucks.
It is also recalled 5,536 2016 model year Ford Explorers and Lincoln MKCs from the 2015 and 2016 model years to repair a defective engine heater that led to 2 under the hood fires in MCKs in Canada.Heating blocks are standard equipment only in cold-weather areas. As a result, most of the affected vehicles are in Canada, where 3,993 vehicles will be recalled. The remainder are in the US and its territories.
According to the company, “The engine block design, coupled with the particular block heater installed in these vehicles, causes the unit to be susceptible to overheating when the vehicle is parked and the block heater is plugged in increasing the risk of an under hood fire.”
Although no injuries were reported Ford said it will replace heaters in the affected vehicles with an updated version.
The last of the new recalls is for 38,000 model year 2015 and 2016 low-roof Ford Transit vans (98% of them in the States). The move is action is being made to inspect and adjust side-curtain airbags that may be incorrectly positioned in some vehicles.