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FORD MOTOR COMPANY ISSUES SAFETY RECALL FOR SELECT FORD F-150, SUPER DUTY TRUCKS TO REPLACE ENGINE BLOCK HEATER CABLE

Ford is recalling more than 400,000 F-Series trucks are at risk of fires while the engine block heater cables are plugged into wall outlets. They are:

  • 2015-2019 Ford F-150

  • 2017-2019 Ford F-250 Super Duty

  • 2017-2019 Ford F-350 Super Duty

  • 2017-2019 Ford F-450 Super Duty

  • 2017-2019 Ford F-550 Super Duty

Ford analyzed warranty data for F-Series trucks with block heaters and found reports of heaters that stopped working, household breakers and outlets that tripped, reports of smoke and allegations of cables that melted.

If electrical shorts are causing trouble, owners may receive warnings in the form of block heater failures or if home breakers or outlets trip. Customers should also be on guard for buzzing sounds or smoke or sparks when the heater cables are plugged into wall outlets.

Dealers will inspect the engine block heater cable and replace it if it is damaged or corroded. If there are no signs of damage or corrosion, dealers will apply dielectric grease to the splice connector and reconnect. If a replacement cable is required but unavailable, the customer will receive an information sheet and will be notified via mail for a follow-up appointment once parts become available.

The Ford truck engine block heater cable recall is expected to begin January 7, 2019. Ford dealers will either seal the block heater cables or replace them.

Concerned truck owners should call 866-436-7332 and refer to Ford's recall number, 18S45.

More information from NHTSA can be found here.

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Ford recalls 2 million F-150 trucks because of fire risk in seat belts

Ford is recalling about two million pickup trucks after it received reports of a seat-belt equipment malfunction that could cause smoke or fire, marking a setback for its top-selling F-Series product line that generates the bulk of its profit.

The recall affects 2015-2018 F-150 Regular Cab and SuperCrew Cab vehicles manufactured at its Dearborn Assembly Plant in Michigan and its Kansas City Assembly Plant in Missouri, Ford said in a statement.

Ford said devices that automatically tighten passenger seat belts, known as pretensioners, “can generate excessive sparks when they deploy” and that it knows of 23 total reports of smoke or fire in North America, the bulk of which took place in the U.S.

"Dealers will remove insulation material from the B-pillar trim, remove remnants of wiring harness tape in the B-pillar area, and apply heat-resistant tape to the carpet and its insulation," Ford's statement said. "Dealers also will modify the back interior panels of Regular Cab vehicles."

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FORD ISSUES SAFETY RECALL FOR 2015-17 F-150 AND 2017 SUPER DUTY VEHICLESSIDE DOOR LATCHES

Ford is recalling over a million vehicles, including certain 2015-17 Ford F-150 and 2017 Ford Super Duty trucks, to add water shields to side door latches.

The safety recall is due to frozen door latch or a bent or kinked actuation cable in the affected vehicles, that may result in a door not opening or closing.

Affected models:

  • 2015-17 F-150s built at Dearborn, March 12, 2014 to Dec. 31, 2016

  • 2015-17 F-150s vehicles built at Kansas City, Aug. 11, 2014 to Dec. 30, 2016

  • 2017 Super Duty trucks built at Kentucky, Oct. 8, 2015 to Sept. 1, 2016


This isn't the first time Ford is recalling vehicle's due to problematic door latches.  In September of 2016 they recalled over 2 million Focuses, C-Maxes, Escapes, Transits, and Mustangs that had problematic prawl springs.  

Valero Law, APC is a California consumer protection firm dedicated to protecting the lemon law rights of California consumers. If you have a Ford vehicle (C-Max, Escape, Transit, Mustang, F-150) vehicle that you've taken to a dealership at least twice for warranty issues, contact us immediately so we can provide a free case evaluation and potentially assist you here