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Recall Alert: 2015-2016 Lincoln MKC, 2016 Ford Explorer

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Vehicles Affected: Approximately 5,500 model-year 2015-16 Lincoln MKC and model-year 2016 Ford Explorer SUVs; this includes approximately 3,100 MKCs manufactured between Nov. 25, 2013, and Jan. 25, 2016, at Ford’s Louisville Assembly Plant, and 2,400 Explorers manufactured between Oct. 20, 2014, and Jan. 28, 2016, at the Chicago Assembly Plant

The Problem: The engine block design, coupled with the particular block heater installed in affected vehicles, makes the vehicles susceptible to overheating when parked with the block heater plugged in, increasing the risk of an under-hood fire. Ford said it is aware of two reports of under-hood fires in Canada, but no related accidents or injuries.

The Fix: Dealers will remove the heaters and replace them with an updated design, and if needed replace the cord, for free.

What Owners Should Do: Ford did not immediately announce an owner-notification schedule. Owners can call the automaker at 866-436-7332, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s vehicle-safety hotline at 888-327-4236 or go to www.safercar.gov for more info.

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