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Recall 16V183000

Engine Block Heater Overheats

Recall Details

The engine block heater may overheat, resulting in a fire hazard. Dealers will replace the engine block heater and will inspect and replace the electrical cord as necessary free of charge to resolve the concern.

Our Quick Take

The engine block heaters equipped on affected vehicles may overheat, resulting in a possible fire risk.

What Should You Do?

Recall repairs on your Ford or Lincoln must be performed by a Ford or Lincoln dealership. Ford will begin notifying known owners of affected vehicles in May, 2016. If you do not receive a notification, but wish to check to see if your vehicle is included, please contact one of your local Ford or Lincoln dealerships. They will also check for any other uncompleted recalls on your vehicle. For best results, be prepared to provide your Vehicle Identification Number (VIN) to the service department consultant you speak with. The Ford recall number is 16S14.

Engine, March 31, 2016

Original Recall from the NHTSA

Manufacturer's Report Date
March 31, 2016
NHTSA Action Number
N/A
Potential Number of Units Affected
1,543
NHTSA CAMPAIGN ID Number
16V183000
Component
ENGINE AND ENGINE COOLING
Summary
Ford Motor Company (Ford) is recalling certain model year 2015-2016 Lincoln MKC vehicles manufactured November 25, 2013, to January 25, 2016, and 2016 Ford Explorer vehicles manufactured October 20, 2014, to January 28, 2016. The affected vehicles are equipped with 2.3L GTDI engines and engine block heaters. These engine block heaters have elements that may overheat while plugged in.
Consequence
Overheating of the engine block increase the risk of a fire.
Remedy
Ford will notify owners, and dealers will replace the engine block heater, free of charge. Dealers will also inspect and replace the electrical cord, as necessary. The recall is expected to begin May 16, 2016. Owners may contact Ford customer service at 1-866-436-7332. Ford's number for this recall is 16S14. Note: Owners should not use the engine block heater until the vehicle has been remedied.
Notify
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.
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