Ford Recalls Various Pickup Truck Models for Fires Related to Engine Block Heaters

A variety of unique factors can allow water intrusion and corrosion of the connector

Ford Recalls Various Pickup Truck Models for Fires Related to Engine Block Heaters
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January 7, 2019

Ford Motor Company (Ford) is recalling certain 2015-2019 Ford F-150 and 2017-2019 Ford F-250 Super Duty, F-350 Super Duty, F-450 Super Duty, and F-550 Super Duty pick-up trucks equipped with an engine block heater. Water and contaminants may get into the block heater cable's splice connector causing corrosion and damage.

What's the problem?

Beginning in September 2018, Ford received reports of underhood fires that occurred while the engine block heater was plugged into a wall outlet. Inspection determined the engine block heater cable's splice connector was the potential ignition source. Further warranty analysis identified complaints of inoperative engine block heaters, household breakers tripping, cables melting or smoke concerns.

A combination of factors to include underhood cable routing, engine compartment shielding, and splice connector orientation can allow water intrusion and corrosion of the splice connector. Ford is conducting a recall of approximately 410,289 vehicles to inspect and seal the cable or to replace the cable.

Ford is not aware of any reports of crashes or injuries related to this condition. Ford is aware of three fires where the engine block heater’s splice connector is a potential source of ignition.

What happens next?

Ford will notify owners and dealers will inspect and seal or replace the block heater cable as necessary, free of charge. The recall is expected to begin January 7, 2019.

Owners may contact Ford customer service at (866) 436-7332. Ford's number for this recall is 18S45.