Vehicles Affected: Approximately 54,400 model-year 2016-17 Lincoln MKX SUVs equipped with 3.7-liter engines
The Problem: The battery cable harness may have substandard clearance, which could allow the harness to contact the transmission shifter cable bracket. This could lead to wearing through the insulation of the cable, resulting in the cable shorting to ground and increasing the risk of overheated or melted wiring, or a fire.
Lincoln manufacturer Ford said it is not aware of any reports of accidents or injuries related to this condition, but it is aware of three fires potentially related to the issue.
The Fix: Dealers will remove the four battery harness clips at the battery tray and one elbow guide, then install a wire channel shield and protective sleeve to the harness. All repairs will be done 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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