Ford Recalls 50K Charging Cables Due to Fire Risk

The convenience charge cords supplied with select Ford Focus, Fusion, and C-MAX Energi vehicles are at risk, but there's also a few other models with loose power cable fasteners. Check the models and see if you need to contact your Ford dealer.

Usually when a recall is triggered due to a fire risk a battery is involved, but in the case of Ford, not one, but two recalls have been triggered due to cables.

In total, just over 50,000 charging cables need to be recalled and replaced in North America and Canada. They consist of the convenience charge cords supplied with the some 2012-15 Ford Focus Electric, 2013-15 Ford Fusion Energi, and 2013-15 Ford C-MAX Energi vehicles.

If you own a vehicle that falls into one of the categories below, then this applies to you:

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

In total, this recall applies to 49,197 in North America and 1,327 vehicles in Canada. The problem with the cable occurs if it is used "with an AC outlet that is not on a dedicated circuit or is damaged, worn or corroded." Using the cable with such an outlet may well cause a fire to start.

The second recall relates to the 2018 Ford Edge, 2019 Ford Flex, 2018 Lincoln MKX, and 2019 Lincoln MKT. Only 100 or so vehicles are thought to be affected, all of which were built at the Oakville Assembly Plant on May 29, 2018. 87 of them are in North America and seven were sold in Canada.

In this case, the power supply cable fastener hasn't been secured properly to the alternator or starter motor due to the nut either not being tight enough or cross-threaded. This leads to the possibility of an electrical surge, and you guessed it, may cause a fire.

If you believe your car is affected, then get in touch with your local Ford dealer so they can schedule an inspection.

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