WHAT’S BEING CLAIMED:
- Ford Motor Company announced on Wednesday that it is recalling more than 50,000 charging cables for its plug-in electric and hybrid vehicles in North America.
- The automaker is concerned that they could cause fires in electrical outlets.
- Ford says the 120-volt cables should be plugged on a dedicated circuit and not into a standard home outlet because it could cause wall outlets to overheat.
Ford announced on Wednesday that it is issuing a safety recall of over 50,000 charging cables for its plug-in electric and hybrid vehicles in North America out of concern that they could cause fires in electrical outlets.
The automaker says the 120-volt cables allow the cars to be plugged into a standard home outlet, which is what they want to prevent. The affected vehicles were sold with certain Ford Focus Electrics, Fusion Energis, and C-Max Energis from the following years and assembly plants:
- 2012-15 Ford Focus Electric vehicles built at Michigan Assembly Plant, Sept. 15th, 2011 through March 14th, 2015
- 2013-15 Ford Fusion Energi vehicles built at Hermosillo Assembly Plant, Sept. 4th, 2012 through March 5th, 2015
- 2013-15 Ford C-MAX Energi vehicles built at Michigan Assembly Plant, April 13th, 2012 through March 14th, 2015
According to its website, “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 may result in increased temperature at the wall outlet and potentially lead to a fire.”
The company says it is aware of some fire reports but Ford did not give details on how many reports it has received or the damage it has made.
The automaker also says that all affected owners will be notified by mail starting next week. They will be reminded about requirements for acceptable wall outlets and that extension cords should never be used for charging the vehicles.
Owners should get a new 120-volt charge cord from an authorized dealer. A free “thermistor” will be included with the new cords to detect overheating in a plug or outlet.
To date, Ford has sold more than 100,000 Focus Electrics, Fusion Energis, and C-Max Energis combined.
Source: The Verge