Ford issues 50,000 vehicle recall due to fire-causing cables

Published: August 27, 2018

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Ford has issued a recall of 50,000 hybrid and electric cars in North America because of a faulty cable that has been found to be a risk of electrical fire.

According to Automotive News Canada, the automotive giant is recalling 1,327 vehicles from Canada. Ford says the problem cables are 120-volt cords that is used in certain hybrid and electric vehicles produced between 2012 and 2015. Among them are Fusion Energi and C-Max Energi hybrid vehicles.

Affected vehicles include:

  • 2012-15 Ford Focus Electric vehicles built at Michigan Assembly Plant, Sept. 15, 2011 through March 14, 2015
  • 2013-15 Ford Fusion Energi vehicles built at Hermosillo Assembly Plant, Sept. 4, 2012 through March 5, 2015
  • 2013-15 Ford C-MAX Energi vehicles built at Michigan Assembly Plant, April 13, 2012 through March 14, 2015

In a statement, the automaker points out cords plugged into an outlet without a dedicated circuit are a danger. Additionally, cables that are damaged or worn can also cause wall outlets to overheat and could start an electrical fire.

Ford has already confirmed four fires caused by the cables in C-Max models, no injuries occurred during the fires. Existing cords will be replaced for new ones that can resist high temperatures and shut off automatically:

“Owners will be notified by mail and reminded of the requirements for adequate wall outlets, and that extension cords should not be used under any circumstance to charge their vehicles. They will be instructed to take their vehicle to a Ford dealer to have the factory-equipped 120-volt convenience charge cord replaced with the latest version of the 120-volt convenience cord that includes a thermistor, free of charge.”