Second Ford Truck Recall for Engine Block Heaters That Can Ignite

April 10, 2019 by Alan Adler, @AlanAdler

Ford Motor Co. is recalling about 327,000 F-150 and Super Duty trucks in the U.S. and Canada for a second time to disable the engine block heater cable because two fires occurred during inspections of earlier recalled trucks.

Ford had reported three engine block fires and one incident of property damage during the recall of 874,000 trucks in December.

The 2015-2019 F-150 and 2017-2019 Super Duty vehicles were inspected in January to see if engine block heater cable splice connectors were damaged. A damaged block heater cable can cause tripping of household breakers or a short in a ground fault circuit interrupter.

Either can increase the risk of overheated or melted wiring. A fire could result if the vehicle is parked and the block heater is plugged in.

Ford advised customers against using the engine block heater cable. No injuries or accidents related to the issue have been reported, Ford said.

Dealers will disable the vehicle’s engine block heater cable by cutting off the plug end prongs and sealing the end cap with a silicone sealant. Customers will be notified when an engine block replacement cable is available.

The affected vehicles include:

  • 2015-19 Ford F-150 vehicles built at the Dearborn Truck Plant from March 18, 2014, to Nov. 17, 2018, and at the Kansas City Assembly Plan from, Aug. 21, 2014, to Nov. 17, 2018.
  • 2017-19 Ford F-Series built at the Ohio Assembly Plant from Feb. 5, 2016, to Nov. 17, 2018, and F-250, F-350, F-450 and F-550 Super Duty vehicles built at the Kentucky Truck Plant from Oct. 8, 2015, to Nov. 17, 2018.

The NHTSA recall number is 19V278.

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