Battery Fusible Link May Overheat and Catch Fire
Electrical & Lights, November 18, 2005
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Our Quick Take:
The battery cable fusible link may contact a cross member attaching bolt. Over time, this could damage the link which could overheat and potentially catch on fire.
What Should You Do?
Please contact your Ford dealer. They will check to see if your specific vehicle is affected and advise you on what to do next. Always have your vehicle identification number (VIN) handy when you call.
The battery cable includes a fusible link that may contact the #2 cross member. Over time, this contact could damage the fusible link. The damaged link could overheat and lead to a fire. Dealers will inspect the fusible link and position it away from the cross member. A damaged fusible link will be replaced. This recall is expected to begin on November 18, 2005. The Ford recall number is 05S38.
Manufacturer's Report Date:
November 18, 2005
NHTSA CAMPAIGN ID Number:
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Potential Number of Units Affected:
ON CERTAIN PASSENGER VEHICLES, THE BATTERY CABLE INCLUDES A FUSIBLE LINK THAT MAY CONTACT AND SUBSEQUENTLY CHAFE ON A #2 CROSS MEMBER ATTACHING BOLT.
THIS CONDITION MAY RESULT IN HEAT DAMAGE AND COULD LEAD TO A FIRE.
DEALERS WILL INSPECT THE FUSIBLE LINK AND POSITION IT AWAY FROM THE CROSS MEMBER BOLT. IF THE FUSIBLE LINK HAS ALREADY CHAFED AND COPPER WIRES HAVE BEEN EXPOSED, THE FUSIBLE LINK WILL BE REPLACED. THE RECALL BEGAN ON NOVEMBER 18, 2005. OWNERS MAY CONTACT FORD AT 1-800-392-3673, OR LINCOLN/MERCURY AT 1-800-521-4140.
FORD RECALL NO. 05S38. CUSTOMERS MAY ALSO CONTACT THE NATIONAL HIGHWAY TRAFFIC SAFETY ADMINISTRATION¿S VEHICLE SAFETY HOTLINE AT 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), OR GO TO HTTP://WWW.SAFERCAR.GOV.
Recall data provided by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration