Ford Recalls 50,000 Hybrid, EV Power Cords Due to Fire Risk
Car Pro | August 23, 2018
Ford is issuing a recall for approximately 50,000 120-volt convenience charge cords that could cause fires when plugged into electric wall outlets.
The cords were originally provided with select 2012-15 Ford Focus Electric, 2013-15 Ford Fusion Energi, and 2013-15 Ford C-MAX Energi vehicles.
Using the 120-volt convenience charge cord originally provided with the affected vehicles with an AC outlet that is not on a dedicated circuit or is damaged, worn or corroded could cause the outlet to overheat and potentially lead to a fire. Ford is aware of some fire reports.
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
There are approximately 50,524 vehicles in North America with accompanying charge cords relating to this concern, with 49,197 vehicles in the United States and its federalized territories and 1,327 in Canada. The Ford reference number for this recall is 18S24.
Letters to owners will go out next week. They’ll also be reminded of the requirements for adequate wall outlets, and that extension cords should not be used under any circumstance to charge their vehicles. Ford dealers will replace the factory-equipped 120-volt convenience charge cord with the latest version of the 120-volt convenience cord that includes a thermistor, free of charge. The thermistor can detect any overheating and discontinue charging.
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