Ford Recall Almost 50,000 Vehicles in Canada
Ford has issued three recalls, affecting about 50,000 F-150, Super Duty and Lincoln MKX vehicles in Canada because of electrical problems with the battery and LED headlights.
Date of recall: November 20, 2019
This recall is specific to all 2019-20 Ford F-150 trucks, of which 30,073 are affected in Canada, plus another 135,000 trucks in the United States.
Another recall is for 2018-19 Super Duty trucks, of which there are 14,079 affected in Canada, and a further 86,296 in the United States.
A further recall is for 2016-17 Lincoln MKX SUVs, affecting 5,253 vehicles in Canada, and another 54,411 in the United States.
What’s the problem?
For the affected Ford F-150 models, the fastener for the battery’s positive terminal may not be attached properly. If left way, the engine could lose power and begin to stall. Alternatively, the brakes and steering could also lose power support. Too much adhesive on the terminal joint contact is the likely cause for the monitoring sensor coming loose.
For affected Super Duty trucks, the daytime running lamps are controlled by a body control module that isn’t configured correctly. When the daytime running lamps are on, moving the lighting switch to the low-beam position doesn’t revert them to parking lamp intensity, which is a requirement from government safety standards.
Affected Lincoln MKX SUVs have a different battery issue due to a lack of clearance for the cable harness. If that component comes in contact with the transmission shifter cable bracket, it could grind through wiring insulation over time, thereby increasing the chance of a short circuit and fire breaking out.
Ford has reported three fires from the Lincoln MKX issue, but no injuries. No accidents or injuries have been reported for the other two recalls.
What’s the fix?
Dealers will inspect affected F-150 models looking for excess adhesive. If there is any, technicians will remove it, and then reassemble the joint and re-torque the fasteners to meet safety standards.
For the affected Super Duty models, dealers will update the body control modules to ensure daytime running lamps switch properly to the low-beam position.
For the affected Lincoln MKX models, dealers will remove all four battery clips to install a wire channel shield and protective sleeve for the battery cable harness.
What do you do?: Ford will notify affected owners by mail with instructions on taking their vehicle to a dealer for repair.
Enter your VIN at this link to learn more about this recall and find out if there are other Service Actions related to your vehicle.
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