Recall 19V278000

Engine Block Heater Cable Short Circuits Causing Risk Of Fire

Recall Details

The engine block heater cable on equipped vehicles may short circuit due to damage caused to the splice connector of the cable during a previously performed recall procedure. Dealers will disable the engine block heater from being used until replacement cables become available. When cables are available, owners will be notified and the cables will be replaced free of charge to resolve the concern.

Our Quick Take

For vehicles equipped with an engine block heater, the block heater's splice connector may have been damaged during a previous recall repair. This can cause the cable to short circuit, overheat, and create a fire hazard.

What Should You Do?

Recall repairs on your Ford must be performed by a Ford dealership. Ford will notify known owners of affected vehicles beginning in April, 2019. 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 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 19S11.

Electrical & Lights, April 08, 2019

Original Recall from the NHTSA

Manufacturer's Report Date
April 08, 2019
NHTSA Action Number
Potential Number of Units Affected
Ford Motor Company (Ford) is recalling certain 2015-2019 Ford F-150 and 2017-2019 Ford F-250 Super Duty, F-350 Super Duty, F-450 Super Duty, and F-550 Super Duty pick-up trucks equipped with an engine block heater and previously remedied under recall 18V894. During the previous repair, the block heater cable's splice connector may have been damaged.
A damaged cable could cause a resistive short, increasing the risk of overheated or melted wiring, increasing the risk of a fire.
Ford will notify owners, and dealers will disable the engine block heater from being used. When replacement cables become available, a second notice will be mailed and dealers will replace the engine block heater cord, free of charge. The recall is expected to begin April 22, 2019. Owners may contact Ford customer service at 1-866-436-7332. Ford's number for this recall is 19S11.
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
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