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Car and Driver: Ford Issues Recalls Affecting Explorer, Transit, F-650/F-750, and Lincoln MKC


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2016 Ford Explorer

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Ford announced a trio of recalls today for issues affecting the Lincoln MKC, the Explorer, the Transit van, and the F-650 and F-750 trucks.

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Faulty engine-block heaters are the problem for the Explorer and the MKC. When the vehicle is parked and the heater is plugged in, the unit can overheat, possibly causing an engine fire. Ford knows of two such fires but no injuries. The affected models include 3129 Lincoln MKCs from 2015 and 2016, and 2407 2016-model Explorers. The majority of the vehicles were sold in Canada. Dealers will replace the engine-block heater—and the cord, if necessary—with one of a different design. This affects only vehicles with the 2.3-liter EcoBoost engine, so the Ford Escape, which is related to the MKC, isn’t included.

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The 2015 and 2016 model-year Transit van is being recalled for side curtain airbags. On 37,905 low-roof models, the airbags may have been installed incorrectly, in which case they may not inflate properly. Ford reports no injuries or accidents because of this issue. Dealers will inspect and adjust as needed.

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Finally, Ford is recalling 4764 examples of its 2015 and 2016 F-650 and F-750 for parking-brake clips. The clips were incorrectly manufactured and can allow too much movement of the vehicle with the parking brake engaged. The company knows of no accidents or injuries related to the issue. Dealers will replace the clips.

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