Ford Motor Co. issues 2 recalls

Ford Motor Co. issues 2 recalls

(KSLA) - Ford Motor Co. announced Wednesday that it is issuing two safety recalls in North America.

One focuses on factory-equipped, 120-volt charge cords for some of the automaker's electric vehicles.

Involved are about 50,524 charge cords provided with:

  • 2012-15 Ford Focus Electric vehicles built at Michigan Assembly Plant on Sept. 15, 2011, through March 14, 2015;
  • 2013-15 Ford Fusion Energi vehicles built at Hermosillo Assembly Plant on Sept. 4, 2012 through March 5, 2015; and,
  • 2013-15 Ford C-MAX Energi vehicles built at Michigan Assembly Plant on April 13, 2012, through March 14, 2015.

Using the original charge cords on a wall outlet that is damaged, worn or corroded or not on a dedicated circuit might result in the outlet overheating and lead to a fire, Ford says.

The company adds that it is aware of some fire reports.

Owners are to take their vehicles to a Ford dealer to have the original cord replaced with the latest version that includes a thermistor.

The thermistor can identify overheating at the outlet and discontinue charging until the temperature decreases.

There also is a recall for about 87 2018 Ford Edge, 2019 Ford Flex, 2018 Lincoln MKX and 2019 Lincoln MKT vehicles built May 29 at Ford's Oakville Assembly Plant.

They might not have the power supply cable fastener properly secured to the alternator or starter motor, the company says.

An improperly fastened power supply cable increases the potential for an electrical surge, which could lead to a fire, Ford adds.

The company also says it is unaware of any fires, accidents or injuries related to this condition.

Dealerships will inspect the alternator and starter motor power supply cable nuts and studs for cross threading or damage and verify that the nuts are properly torqued, Ford says.

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