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Ford recalls 48,000 trucks for various issues

Canadian Explorers and Lincoln MKCs susceptible to underhood fires

Published: April 1, 2016, 4:30 PM
Updated: April 29, 2018, 2:21 PM

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Ford is recalling some 48,000 vehicles in three separate service actions involving vans, crossovers and heavy duty trucks.

2016 Ford Explorer Platinum

First on the recall block are Lincoln MKC crossovers from 2015-16, and 2016 Ford Explorers to replace engine block heaters that might overheat and lead to an underhood fire. The problem arises from the difference between the engine block design and currently installed block heater, which could lead the heater to overheat when left plugged in for a long time. The company is aware of two underhood fires in Canada that could be related to the issue, but is not aware of any injuries resulting from the incidents. Dealers will replace the block heater and the cord connector (if necessary).

Of the 5,536 affected vehicles (3,129 Lincolns and 2,407 Explorers), 3,993 are in Canada and 1,543 are in the United States. The MKCs were built in Louisville between Nov. 25, 2013 and Jan. 25, 2016, and Explorers are sourced out of Chicago, built from Oct. 20, 2014 and Jan, 28, 2016.

2015 Ford Transit - Ford’s replacement for the E-Series – nearly as old as Santa himself – packs plenty of high-tech present-delivering potential. While the European Transit name has been around nearly as long, its development has seen far more updates in the meantime. The new ‘global’ Transit is more like the Mercedes-Benz Sprinter, with several wheelbase lengths, and various engine options including a new 310 horsepower 3.5-litre EcoBoost V6 or an efficient 3.2-litre turbo-diesel ‘five’ with over 350 pounds-feet of torque. In full-haul mode, Santa’s elves can stuff nearly 2,200 kilograms of presents into its enormous 13,800L hold. With nearly 7,500 kilograms of towing capacity, even the trusty team of reindeer might get jealous. Also Ford’s customizable work-focused software might help Santa prevent leaving incorrect parcels behind, or at least remind him not to forget about eating his milk and cookies.

2015-16 Ford Transit vans are being called back to dealerships to inspect and adjust side curtain airbags that may be positioned incorrectly on one or both sides of the cabin. If that is the case, the airbag will not offer the proper protection to seat occupants in the event of a crash, though Ford is not aware of any incidents or injuries arising from the issue. Dealers will reposition the affected airbags as needed.

The recall is aimed at low-roof models built in Kansas City over the past two years. The vast majority of the 37,905 recalled vans are in the U.S., with only 839 in Canada.

2016 Ford F-650 Super Duty

The third recall affects 4,764 Ford F-650 and F-705 Super Duty trucks from model years 2015 and 2016 to replace parking brake cable connector clips that aren’t up to spec and could break, resulting in unintended vehicle movement and a potential for injury. Ford is not aware of any incidents or injuries related to the problem, but will replace all the clips as a preventative measure.

The trucks were built at the Escobedo Assembly plant in Mexico between Jan. 28 and April 23, 2015, and at the Ohio Assembly Plant between Jan 31 and Nov 30, 2015. The vast majority are again in service in the U.S., with just 110 in Canada.