Ford Motor Company is recalling nearly 900,000 pickups due to concerns of engine fires.
According to the Detroit Free Press, the fires have been linked to defective engine block heater cables.
The cables are small cord that hangs of the truck and can be attached to an extension cord that is plugged into an electrical outlet. They are used by truck owner to keep their engines warm so they can start more efficiently on colder days.
Ford has determined that water and contaminants can intrude into the cables connector, resulting in corrosion and damaging the cable overtime. Eventually, the splice connector can short, tripping household breakers or GFCI-outlets.
Ford is aware of three vehicle fires in connection with the defect.
Affected vehicles include:
Dealers will inspect the engine block heater cable and replace it if it is corroded or damaged.
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