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Ford recalls 874,000 pickups; engine block heaters blamed for fires

by Justin King

Corrosion in the cable splice connector can cause a short.

Ford has issued a recall for 874,000 pickups in North America, including certain 2015-2019 F-150 and 2017-2019 Super Duty vehicles that were sold with an engine block heater.

A splice connector for the block heater cable is prone to corrosion, eventually allowing the circuit to short. Failure may cause the heater to become inoperable, trip household breakers or potentially start a fire.

"Ford is aware of three fires originating from the engine block heater cable splice connector, and minor property damage reported in one incident," the company says. "Ford is not aware of any accidents or injuries tied to this."

Service technicians will inspect the heater cable and replace it if it is damaged or corroded.

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