Approximately 13,800 model-year 2015-16 Ford F-150 pickup trucks equipped with 3.5-liter GTDI engines and optional engine block heaters are being recalled due to issues with the heater cables. Some trucks may have cables with the incorrect length and insufficient heat protection, depending on the location of the block heater. Prolonged exposure to high temperatures can cause a resistive short, an inoperative engine block heater or tripping of household breakers while the truck is parked and the block heater is plugged in. A resistive short in the engine block heater splice connector increases the risk of overheated wiring and a fire.
Ford did not immediately announce an owner notification schedule. Owners can call the automaker at 800-392-3673 or the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s vehicle-safety hotline at 888-327-4236 to learn more.
To fix the problem, dealers will inspect the block heater’s location and its cable, and repair or replace as necessary.
Vehicle manufacturers are legally required to repair any recalled issues or replace the defective part for free under the Highway Safety Act of 1970. If the dealership refuses to fix the problem or attempts to charge you for the repair, contact the manufacturer immediately.
Lemon Law Group Partners can assist car owners if they encounter any problems during the recall process with the manufacturer. Our attorneys deal directly with the manufacturer on the client’s behalf to quickly resolve the problem. In many cases, the attorneys get paid directly from the manufacturer so the client does not have to pay any attorneys’ fees to obtain legal counsel. For more information and a free consultation call 888-668-8581.