DETROIT – Ford backs more than 874,000 F-Series Pick Trucks in the US and Canada with engine block heaters for catching fire
The recall covers certain F-150 model years from 2015 to 2019 and the F-250, 350, 450 and 550 for 2017 to 2019.
The company says in documents released on Friday at the US National Park Highway Traffic Safety Administration website that water and contaminants can enter the heating cable and cause corrosion. This can lead to electrical short circuits and possible fires. Engine block heaters warm up the engines so they can start and warm up faster in extremely cold temperatures.
The company states that there is a risk of fire only if the block heater cable is plugged into an electrical outlet.
Ford has received three reports of fires in Canada, but no damage has been reported in the US. However, Ford did not report injuries, Ford said in a statement.
Dealers inspect and seal the cable or replace the cable heaters if necessary. The recall is expected to begin on January 7 in the US.
F Series pickups are the best selling vehicles in the United States.