Ford Recalls 130,000 Trucks for Second Time

Ford is recalling 130,000 F-series pickup trucks to repair components that could have been damaged in a previous recall.

In a previous recall, Ford recalled 410,289 F-series pickup trucks due to a fire risk from the engine-block heater. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), water and contaminants could enter the block heater’s cable connector and lead to corrosion.

Ford believes that any pickups that were serviced in the previous recall could have had new damage done to the block heater cable connectors. This could lead to numerous problems and even present a fire risk.

A statement from Ford said, “A safety risk only exists while the vehicle is parked and the block heater cable is plugged into an electrical outlet.” Owners should not use the engine-block heater cable.

Ford dealers will fix the issue by disabling the vehicle’s engine-block heater cable by cutting off the plug end prongs and sealing the end cap with silicone sealant.

Owners of affected vehicles will be notified once the engine-block replacement cable is available.

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Source: Consumer Reports, “Ford Recalls Trucks Again Over Faulty Engine-Block Heater”