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Ford issues recall, safety alert on best-selling 2019-20 F-150, Super Duty and MKX

Phoebe Wall Howard, Detroit Free Press
Ford issues recall, safety alert on best-selling 2019-20 F-150, Super Duty and MKX

Ford Motor Co. has issued a recall for select 2019-20 F-150 pickup trucks that have an "improperly secured" part that may hinder braking, steering assist, instrument panel displays or cause the engine to stall or catch fire.

The F-150 recall issued Thursday affecting 168,055 vehicles in North America is one of three alerts from the company. The F-150 is the longtime best-selling vehicle in the United States.

The truck may have an "improperly secured positive battery-terminal fastener" that may not be secured, the company said in a statement. An insecure attachment may result in "intermittent or inoperative vehicle systems, affecting instrument panel displays, braking or steering assist, or causing the engine to stall. This condition could also create a resistive short, increasing the potential for smoke, melting or risk of fire."

Ford said it is not aware of any reports of accident or injury related to this condition. Affected vehicles were built at the Dearborn Truck Plant from July 15-Oct. 1, 2019, and at the Kansas City Assembly Plant from June 24-Oct. 19.

The company said the recall  affects 135,725 vehicles in the United States and federal territories, 30,073 in Canada and 2,257 in Mexico. 

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2016-17 Lincoln MKX

Ford recalled 59,664 MKX vehicles with 3.7-liter engines because they may have a parts problem that could result in overheating or fire.The company said it is aware of three fires potentially to related to the defect.

"The battery cable harness may have substandard clearance, which could allow the harness to contact the transmission shifter cable bracket," the company said. "Contact between the battery cable harness and the transmission shifter cable bracket could wear through the insulation of the cable, resulting in the cable shorting to ground, increasing the risk of overheated or melted wiring, as well as fire."

Ford said it is unaware of any reports of accident or injury related to this condition.

The vehicles were built at the Oakville Assembly Plant from Nov. 12, 2014-Sept. 11, 2017. This recall affects 54,411 vehicles in the United States and federal territories and 5,253 in Canada. 

2018-2019 Super Duty

Ford issued a "safety compliance recall" for 100,375 Super Duty trucks with LED headlamps that violate federal motor vehicle safety standards.

"Affected vehicles are equipped with high-series daytime running lamps controlled by an incorrectly configured body control module," Ford said in a statement. "When the daytime running lamps are illuminated and the master lighting switch is moved to the low-beam position, the daytime running lamps do not revert to parking lamp intensity as required by federal motor vehicle safety standards."

The company said it is unaware of any reports of accident or injury related to the condition. The 2018 trucks were built at the Kentucky Truck Plant from May 1, 2017-July 13, 2018. The 2019 vehicles were built from March 5, 2018-Oct. 8, 2019.

This action affects 86,296 vehicles in the United States and federal territories and 14,079 in Canada, Ford said. 

Vice President Mike Pence looks around inside the Ford F150 as Ford Motor Company Dearborn Truck Plant manager Debbie Manzano and Corey Williams, the assistant plant manager look on during Pence's visit and tour at the plant where the Ford F150 is produced in Dearborn, Michigan on Wednesday, April 24, 2019.

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This article originally appeared on Detroit Free Press: 2019-20 Ford F-150 recalled for possible steering, fire issue