Ford Motor Company is recalling roughly 5,500 SUVs to fix a problem with their engine block heaters. Affected models include the 2016 Ford Explorer and the 2015-2016 Lincoln MKC.
Ford says that the existing heaters on those vehicles can overheat due to the design of the engine block itself. Overheating is most likely to occur when vehicles are parked and the heater is plugged in. In severe cases, the overheating can result in a fire under the hood.
The recall is limited to specific dates of manufacture:
- 2016 Ford Explorer vehicles built at Ford's Chicago Assembly Plant between October 20, 2014 and January 28, 2016
- 2015-2016 Lincoln MKC vehicles built at Ford's Louisville Assembly Plant between November 25, 2013 and January 25, 2016
The recall affects a total of 5,536 vehicles in North America: 2,407 Explorers and 3,129 MKCs. Of that number, 1,543 vehicles are registered in the United States, and 3,993 are registered in Canada.
Ford will mail recall notices to affected owners, instructing them to take their vehicles to dealerships for service. Dealers will replace the SUVs' engine block heaters with new ones that have been designed to fix the problem. Dealers may also replace the power cord. Repairs will be carried out at no cost to owners.
If you own one of these vehicles and have questions, you're encouraged to contact Ford customer service at 800-392-3673.