Ford recalls 874,000 pickups over underhood fire concerns

Block heater issue affects 2015-19 F-150s and 2017-19 Super Duty pickups

Published: December 21, 2018, 4:30 PM
Updated: November 21, 2021, 2:57 PM

2015 Ford F-150 Platinum

Ford is recalling over 874,000 pickups to address a problem with block heaters that could lead to fires.

The 2015-19 F-150s and 2017-19 Super Duty pickups fitted with engine block heaters, water and contaminants can seep into block heater cable’s splice connector, leading to corrosion and damaging the cable over time. Prolonged exposure may lead to a short, rendering the block heater inoperable, tripping exterior plug or household circuit breakers, or start a fire.

Ford reminds owners that the condition only exists when the block heater is plugged in, and the company is aware of three fires arising from the issue, none of which caused any injuries, although one was deemed responsible for minor property damage.

The issue affects 874,082 pickups, 463,793 of which are in Canada and 410,289 in the US.

Dealers will inspect the block heater cable for damage or corrosion, and replace as necessary, once parts become available. On unaffected cables, technicians will apply dielectric grease to the splice connector and reinstall the cable.