2013 Lincoln MKZ Recalled For Electrical Shock Risk

June 11, 2013

Ford is conducting a voluntary safety recall of certain 2013 model year Lincoln MKZ luxury cars to fix an issue with electrical cords that could result in electrical shock.

A notice on the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) website lists the number of vehicles potentially affected by the recall at 107. Affected vehicles are 2013 Lincoln MKZs equipped with an engine block heater and built from April 24, 2012 through March 15, 2013.

2013 Lincoln MKZ

2013 Lincoln MKZ

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The problem

The NHTSA bulletin and documentation from Ford (PDF) indicate that during use, the engine block heater cords may be bent and, during certain temperatures, the cords may crack and expose the electrical wires.

Ford says that in 2013 Lincoln MKZ vehicles, use of the engine block heater requires opening the hood, un-stowing and re-stowing the electrical cord. Such action may cause significant bending or stress to the cord. In extremely cold temperatures, the wiring insulation may crack, exposing the wires and increasing risk of shock and corrosion.

The automaker said that vehicle owners may not notice the exposed wires because the cord is encapsulated in a protective sleeve. Ford further said that no accidents, injuries or fires related to this condition have been reported.

2013 Lincoln MKZ

2013 Lincoln MKZ

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What Ford will do

Ford will notify owners and dealers will replace the block heater cord at no charge. The Ford safety recall campaign, identified as No. 13S05, is expected to begin June 17, 2013.

In the meantime, owners of 2013 Lincoln MKZ sedans with any questions or concerns may contact Ford at 1-866-436-2332.

Alternatively, owners of vehicles involved in the campaign may contact NHTSA’s Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 or go to http://www.safercar.gov.  Reference the NHTSA campaign ID No. 13V230000.

 

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