Ford recalls more than 50,000 vehicles over fire concerns
Electrified cars need new charge cords; CUVs' power cable nuts may be looseJoe Duarte
Published: August 23, 2018, 2:30 AM
Updated: August 27, 2018, 4:49 AM
Ford is recalling more than 50,000 vehicles in North America, the bulk of which are electrified models that were supplied with charge cords that may lead to electrical fires.
The recall affects 2013-15 C-Max Energi, 2012-15 Focus Electric and 2013-15 Fusion Energi, but concerns the 120-volt convenience charge cords supplied with the vehicles to allow them to plug into a regular household outlet.
The issue concerns using the cord either with an outlet not on a dedicated circuit or is damaged, worn or corroded, in which case it could lead to increased temperature at the outlet and might potentially lead to a fire. Ford is aware of some fires as a result of the issue.
Of the 50,524 recalled models, 1,327 are in Canada, with the rest in the US and its federalized territories.
Owners will be notified by mail and asked to return their vehicles to Ford dealerships, where the charge cords will be exchanged for the latest models, which have a thermistor (THERMal resISTOR) that will sense temperature rises at the outlet and stop charging until the temperature returns to appropriate levels.
Ford also issued a recall for 94 vehicles (7 in Canada) for improperly fastened power supply cable fasteners at the alternator or starter.
The recall affects 2018 Ford Edge and 2019 Flex, and 2018 MKX and 2019 MKT, all built at the Oakville Assembly Plant west of Toronto.
In those vehicles, the nut used to fasten the power supply cable to the starter motor or alternator may not be fully tightened or may be cross-threaded, which may not provide a secure connection, which increases the potential for an electrical surge that may lead to a fire (though Ford is not aware of any fires resulting from the issue).
Dealers will inspect and properly tighten the power supply cable nuts, or replace them if they have been cross threaded.