Ford Motor Company (NYSE:F) has announced that it is recalling more than 168,000 F-150 pickup trucks regarding loose cables that can cause stalling of the engine and engine fires. The recall covers trucks from the 2019 and 2020 model years manufactured from June 24 to October 1. Apart from the F-150, the company has also recalled more than 60,000 Lincoln MKX cars for a similar problem.
Ford Recalls 2019 and 2020 F-150 pickup trucks
The recall comes amid concerns that the loose cables could have an impact on power braking, thus leading to malfunctioning of instrument panel displays. The company indicated that there is a possibility that the positive battery terminal fastener in the trucks is not secured properly. As a result, this might cause the stalling of engines leading to electric shorts that can cause a fire.
So far, there have not been any cases of fires or crashes reported regarding the F-150 trucks, according to Ford. The company has indicated that its dealers will check the battery cable joint and then remove any excess adhesive that may result in the problem. They will then have t0 reassemble the cable and fasten it. Owners will receive a notification from November 25.
Lincoln MKX recalled over loose battery cables and transmission brackets
Equally, besides the F-150, the company is also recalling close to 60,000 3.7 liter engine Lincoln MKX vehicles in North America. The company has indicated that they have recalled the vehicle models because of a similar problem of unsecured battery cable harnesses as well as transmission brackets. Ford cites the possibility of the harnesses and brackets wearing out, which increases the chances of overheating or melting the wiring. This malfunction can lead to fire engines.
However, Ford has indicated that they have so far not received any reports of injuries or accidents resulting from the problem. But it acknowledged that there were three fires reported that potentially could have been associated with the issue of loose cables in the Lincoln MKX vehicles. The recall affects several SUV models manufactured between 2016 and 2017.