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Recall 18V592000

Plug In Hybrid Charging Cords Overheat And Melt

Recall Details

The convenience charging power cord was manufactured without a thermistor, which could lead to damage to the electrical outlet and wiring it is plugged into, or cause the cord itself to overheat and melt. Dealers will replace the current cord with a new 120 volt convenience cord with a thermistor free of charge to resolve the concern.

Our Quick Take

The convenience charging power cord that is provided with the plug in hybrid vehicle was manufactured without a thermistor. This can create increased resistance in the electrical outlet or wiring the cord is plugged into, and can cause the cord itself to overheat and melt. This would increase risk of a fire.

What Should You Do?

Recall repairs on your Ford must be performed by a Ford dealership. Ford notified known owners of affected vehicles beginning in September, 2018. If you did not receive a notification, but wish to check to see if your vehicle is included, please contact one of your local Ford dealerships. They will also check for any other incomplete 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 18S24.

Electrical & Lights, September 10, 2018

Original Recall from the NHTSA

Manufacturer's Report Date
September 10, 2018
NHTSA Action Number
N/A
Potential Number of Units Affected
49,197
NHTSA CAMPAIGN ID Number
18V592000
Component
EQUIPMENT
Summary
Ford Motor Company (Ford) is recalling certain 120V Convenience charge cords that were supplied with and sold for use with 2013-2015 Ford C-Max Energi and Fusion Energi vehicles and 2012-2015 Ford Focus Electric vehicles. Cords with part numbers FM58-10B706-AA, FM58-10B706-AB, FM58-10B706-AC, FM58-10B706-AD, FM58-10B706-AE and FM58-10B706-AF were manufactured without thermistors, and during vehicle charging, increased resistance in the house's outlet or wiring can cause the cord to overheat and melt.
Consequence
An overheated cord can increase the risk of a fire.
Remedy
Ford will notify owners, and dealers will replace the current cord with a new 120V convenience cord with a thermistor, free of charge. The recall is expected to begin September 17, 2018. Owners may contact Ford customer service at 1-866-436-7332. Ford's number for this recall is 18S24.
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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