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Ford recalls Fusion plug-in over electrocution concerns

Battery pack may have an exposed high-voltage fuse that could be touched

Published: February 19, 2019, 9:30 PM
Updated: February 26, 2019, 3:42 AM

2019 Ford Fusion Energi

Ford is recalling about 2,100 Fusion plug-in hybrids over concerns of electrocution from an exposed fuse.

2019 Ford Fusion Energi

The recall affects 2019 Ford Fusion Energi sedans, which may not have the required level of high-voltage protection due to an exposed high-voltage fuse in the battery pack that could be touched through a small gap behind the access panel.

Though the company is not aware of any reports of incidents, it is nonetheless asking owners to return their vehicles to dealerships where a cover will be installed over the high-voltage battery’s electric centre.

2019 Ford Fusion Energi

Although Fusion won’t be around for too much longer, it received minor upgrades for 2019. The plug-in Energi hybrid receives an upgraded 9.0- kWh battery pack that grants it an electric-only range of 40 km (about 20% better than the previous version).

It is also fitted with Ford’s Co-Pilot360 technology suite that includes pre-collision assist with automatic emergency braking, blind spot information with cross-traffic alert, lane-keeping system and auto high-beam headlamps, among others. Adaptive cruise with stop and go capabilities, voice-controlled navigation with SiriusXM Traffic and Travel Link, and app integration are also available.