Ford is recalling more than a quarter-million pickups in a trio of recalls to fix defects that could increase the risk of crashing or introduce the possibility of a vehicle fire.
The automaker announced Tuesday that it is recalling 166,196 F-150 pickups in the U.S. due to a headlight defect that could reduce the visibility of oncoming drivers, increasing the risk of an accident.
That recall, which also includes 50,989 vehicles in Canada, covers certain versions of the F-150 in the 2018 through 2020 model years.
“When the daytime running lamps on affected vehicles are illuminated and the master lighting switch is manually rotated from the autolamp position to the headlamp-on (lowbeam) position, the daytime running lamps remain activated instead of dimming to parking lamp intensity as required by federal motor vehicle safety standards,” Ford said in a statement.
In a separate move, Ford is recalling 13,854 F-150s in the U.S. and another 19,679 in Canada to fix an engine block heater cable. The recall covers certain versions of the 2015-16 F-150.
The defect occurs amid prolonged exposure to heat.
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“The risk to safety exists only while the vehicle is parked and the block heater cable is plugged into an electrical outlet,” Ford said. “A resistive short in the engine-block heater splice connector can increase the risk of overheated or melted wiring and fire. Customers are advised to not use the engine block heater cable until their vehicle is inspected.”
Ford said it was not aware of any injuries or crashes associated with either defect.
The other recall involves 319 2020 F-Series Super Duty and 2021 Ford E-Series vehicles that may not have enough axle lubricant.
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