By Patrick Masterson
Vehicles Affected: Approximately 13,800 model-year 2015-16 Ford F-150 pickup trucks equipped with engine heater elements and 3.5-liter GTDI engines
The Problem: Depending on the heater element location, some trucks may have cables with insufficient heat protection and incorrect length. Prolonged exposure to high temperatures can cause a resistive short, inoperative engine block heater or tripping of household breakers or GFCI-equipped outlets while the truck is parked and the block heater is plugged in.
Ford said the risk to safety exists only while the vehicle is parked and the block heater cable is plugged into an electrical outlet. A resistive short in the engine-block heater splice connector can increase the risk of overheated or melted wiring and fire.
Ford also said it is not aware of any reports of fire, accident or injury related to this condition.
The Fix: Dealers will inspect the block heater and cable, and repair or replace as necessary for free.
What Owners Should Do: Ford did not immediately announce an owner-notification schedule. Owners can call the automaker at 800-392-3673, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s vehicle-safety hotline at 888-327-4236 or visit its website to check their vehicle identification number and learn more.
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