Ford Motor Co. has issued three separate recalls, one of which caused fires in two SUVs in Canada. No one was injured in the fires. According to the automaker, which were issued on Thursday, the recalls impact 48,000 vehicles.
In one of the recalls, 5,536 Lincoln MKCs were recalled because of the pair of reported fires whose cause was their engine block heaters. The fires led to the recall of the SUVs in Canada and the United States. Ford said the affected vehicles included 2016 Ford Explorers and 2015 and 2016 Lincoln MKCs.
In describing the problem, Ford stated that 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 underhood fire.”
Heating blocks are standard equipment in areas of extreme cold. Most of the vehicles impacted by the recall are in Canada. Ford recalled 3,993 vehicles located in Canada while another 1,543 are located in the U.S. and its territories, Ford indicated. The automakers will replace the current heaters with updated versions. Ford also said it was not aware of the level of damage in the MKCs damaged in the fires.
In the second recall, Ford has recalled 38,000 2015 and 2016 low-roofed Transit vans for potential side-curtain airbag problems. In some of the vehicle, the airbags may not be positioned correctly. Ford dealers will inspect and adjust the side-curtain airbags. Most of these vehicles – 98 percent – are located in the U.S. Ford indicated that was not aware of any crashes or injuries relating to this problem.
In the third recall, Ford has issued a recall for 4,800 F-650 and F-750 heavy trucks to swap out parking brake connector clips. The automaker is not aware of any injuries or accidents related to this issue. The vehicles involved are 2015 and 2016 models.
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