Ford Recalls Approximately 50,000 Electric Vehicles With Charging Cords That May Cause Fires

Using the factory equipped 120-volt convenience charge cord may cause burns, property damage, charge cord damage, and fires

Ford Recalls Approximately 50,000 Electric Vehicles With Charging Cords That May Cause Fires
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September 21, 2018

Ford Motor Company (Ford) is recalling certain 120V Convenience charge cords that were supplied with and sold for use with 2013-2015 Ford C-Max Energi and Fusion Energi vehicles and 2012-2015 Ford Focus Electric vehicles. The cords were manufactured without thermistors. During vehicle charging, increased resistance in the house's outlet or wiring can cause the cord to overheat and melt.

What's the problem?

Cords with part numbers FM58-10B706-AA, FM58-10B706-AB, FM58-10B706-AC, FM58-10B706-AD, FM58-10B706-AE and FM58-10B706-AF were manufactured without thermistors. Using the factory equipped 120-volt convenience charge cord may cause burns, property damage, charge cord damage, and fires. Incomplete or slow charge cycles or inability to charge can be early indicators of failure. Visible melting damage of the area surrounding the charge cord plug and/or odor may also occur.

Ford is aware of some fire reports. Affected vehicles include:

  • 2012-15 Ford Focus Electric vehicles built at the Michigan Assembly Plant from September 15, 2011 through March 14, 2015
  • 2013-15 Ford Fusion Energi vehicles built at the Hermosillo Assembly Plant from September 4, 2012 through March 5, 2015
  • 2013-15 Ford C-MAX Energi vehicles built at the Michigan Assembly Plant from April 13, 2012 through March 14, 2015

What happens next?

Ford Motor Company will replace the factory equipped 120-volt charge cord with the latest version, which includes a thermistor at the plug for over temperature shutoff.

There are approximately 50,524 vehicles in North America with charge cords relating to this concern, with 49,197 vehicles in the United States and its federalized territories and 1,327 in Canada. The Ford reference number for this recall is 18S24.

Owners may contact Ford customer service at (866) 436-7332 with any questions.