Ford is recalling 327,000 F-Series pickup trucks in North America for a second time. This time around, they need to repair a problem with the engine block heater cables that can cause fires.
The company recalled 874,000 F series trucks in December because water and contaminants can get into the cables and cause corrosion. In turn, that corrosion can cause electrical shorts and fires.
About 327,000 owners took trucks to dealers for the fix. However, the fix is what caused this second problem.
According to Ford, the inspection may have inadvertently damaged the cables. Now dealers will disable the cables for all recalled trucks by cutting the prongs that go into electrical outlets.
All owners will get new cables when parts are available. Ford is working with parts suppliers to get the cables as soon as possible, spokeswoman Monique Brentley said, but the date for the new cables to become available is unknown.
"We are advising people not to use their engine block heater cable," Brentley said Wednesday.
Engine block heater cables are plugged into electrical outlets or extension cords to keep oil and anti-freeze warm in extremely cold temperatures. They are used largely in the northern U.S. and Canada.
The recall covers F-150s from 2015 through 2019, as well as Super Duty trucks from 2017 through 2019. The fire risk only exists when the cables are plugged in.
So far, Ford is aware of one fire in the United States and two fires in Canada. The vehicles that caught fire had recall inspections done.
Ford's F-Series trucks are the top-selling vehicles in the U.S.