Damage to Engine Block Heater Wires
Electrical & Lights, May 31, 2013
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Our Quick Take:
The insulation on the wires to the engine block heater can crack, exposing the bare wire.
What Should You Do?
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.
Manufacturer's Report Date:
May 31, 2013
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Potential Number of Units Affected:
Ford is recalling certain model year 2013 Lincoln MKZ vehicles manufactured April 25, 2012, through March 15, 2013 and equipped with an engine block heater. During use, the engine block heater cords may be bent and in certain temperatures, the wire insulation may crack, exposing the electrical wires.
Exposed electrical wires increase the risk of electric shock.
Ford will notify owners, and dealers will replace the block heater cord, free of charge. The recall is expected to begin June 17, 2013. Ford's recall number is 13S05. Owners may contact the Ford customer relationship center at 1-866-436-7332.
Owners may also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), or go to www.safercar.gov.
Recall data provided by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration