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The insulation on the wires to the engine block heater can crack, exposing the bare wire.
Ford will notify owners of the affected vehicles beginning June 17, 2013. If your vehicle is equipped with and engine block heater, or you don't receive notification and you feel you should have, please contact your dealer for further instruction. They may ask for your vehicle identification number (VIN), so please have it handy when you call. The Ford recall number is 13S05.
Vehicles sold in cold weather climates may be equipped with an engine block heater. A block heater plugs into a standard home electrical outlet and is used to keep the engine block from freezing in extremely cold temperatures. 107 2013 Lincoln MKZ models are being recalled the electrical cord to the block heater can crack, exposing the wires, and increasing the risk of electric shock. Dealers will replace the block heater cord to correct this concern.