Ford recalls 2018-20 F-Series pickups and 2016-17 Lincoln MKX CUVs

Issues include battery cable connections or routing, and too-bright LEDs

Published: November 14, 2019, 9:30 PM
Updated: November 22, 2019, 11:09 PM

2019 Ford F-150 Limited

Ford is recalling about 330,000 vehicles to deal with several issues, including separate battery connection problems and LED lights that shine too brightly.

The bulk of the vehicles involved are Ford F-Series pickups, with a recall concerning a battery-terminal fastener that may improperly secured, and a safety compliance for LED daytime running lights that don’t lower in intensity (as they are supposed to) when the headlights are switched on.

Ford F-150

Ford F-150 pickups from 2019-2020 are being recalled to address a battery-terminal fastener that many be properly secured because of wiring eyelet adhesive that may be present on the surface of the terminal joint contact of the battery-monitoring system. The faulty contact may result in intermittent failures of certain systems, such as electronic braking or steering assists or instrument panel displays, and may also cause the engine to stall. It could also cause the wiring to smoulder, melt or ignite, though Ford is not aware of any incidents.

The recall affects 168,055 vehicles, 135,725 of which are in the US and federal territories, 30,073 in Canada and 2,257 in Mexico. Dealers will inspect the affected positive battery cable joint for excessive adhesive, clean it off, reassemble the joint and torque the fastener to specifications.

Ford F-250 Super Duty

The F-Series is also the basis of a safety compliance to address LED daytime running lamps that are controlled by a incorrectly configured body-control module. The DRLs on the Super Duty pickups are supposed to dim to “parking light” intensity (according to safety regulations) when the master lighting switch is moved into the low-beam position, but on affected pickups they don’t.

The issue applies to 2018-2019 Super Duty pickups with LED headlamps. It affects 100,348 F-Series Super Duty models (86,296 in the US and federal territories; 14,079 in Canada). Dealers will update the body-control module.

Lincoln MKX

The other recall affects 2016-2017 Lincoln MKX crossovers fitted with the 3.7-litre Duratec V-6 engine (all sourced out of Oakville, Ontario) because of a battery cable harness that may have substandard clearance to the transmission shifter cable bracket. This could wear down the insulation potentially resulting in a short to ground, which might cause the wiring to overheat, melt or catch fire.

Ford is not aware of any incidents affecting the 59,664 vehicles (54,411 in the US and federal territories and 5,253 in Canada), but is asking dealers to remove the four battery harness clips at the battery tray and one elbow guide, and install a wire channel shield and protective sleeve for the battery cable harness.