Ford issues recall affecting 48,000 vehicles

Mar 31, 2016, 11:41 AM EDT
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Ford issued three recalls affecting 48,000 vehicles in total.

Reuters reports:

Ford Motor Co (F.N) said on Thursday it will conduct three separate safety recalls including one of sport-utility vehicles with a defective engine heater that led to two fires in Canada, in which no one was injured. About 48,000 vehicles are affected by the three recalls, Ford said. Two under-the-hood fires in Lincoln MKCs caused by overheating block heaters were reported to Ford in Canada leading to the recall of 5,536 SUVs in that country and in the United States. Affected are 2016 model year Ford Explorers and Lincoln MKCs from the 2015 and 2016 model years. "The engine block design, coupled with the particular block heater installed in these vehicles, causes the unit to be susceptible to overheating when the vehicle is parked and the block heater is plugged in –increasing the risk of an underhood fire," Ford said. Ford said it will replace heaters in the affected vehicles with an updated version.

ClickOnDetroit notes:

The recall covers low-roof Transit vans from the 2015 and 2016 model years. The company says the bags on either side of the vans may have been folded incorrectly. They may not inflate at the proper angles to protect drivers or passengers. Ford says no crashes or injuries have been reported. The affected vans were built from March 12, 2014 through March 18, 2016. Dealers will inspect the air bags and adjust them if needed at no cost to owners.

The Detroit News writes:

The smallest recall is for about 4,800 F-650 and F-750 heavy-duty trucks to replace the parking brake cable connector clips. Ford said in some cases the clip could break, resulting in the truck moving. Ford is not aware of any accidents or injuries related to this condition.