Ford Motor Co. issued a safety recall on Wednesday for some 327,000 trucks to prevent possible problems with the vehicles that could lead to overheating or fire.
The announcement concerns Ford F-150 trucks from 2015 to 2019 and Super Duty vehicles from 2017 to 2019, which were inspected and serviced after a separate recall in December, triggered by potential fire problems.
The latest safety notice deals with potential damage to the engine block heater splice connectors. Such cables serve to keep the trucks warmer in winter to facilitate ignition. The connector, says Ford, may have been "accidentally damaged during customer service."
"Traders are disabling the vehicle's engine block heater cable by cutting off the end caps of the connector and sealing the end cap with silicone sealant, informing customers when a spare engine block cable is available," the company wrote in a statement. [1
The problem has According to Ford, a fire in the US and one caused in Canada.
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The affected F-150 were manufactured at the assembly plant in Kansas City during the super-duty trucks were manufactured at the Ford plant in Kentucky.