In total, there are 3,129 total affected examples of the 2015-2016 Lincoln MKC and 2,407 examples of the 2016 Ford Explorer. Of these, 1,543 are in the US and 3,993 are in Canada.
The Problem: The combination of the engine block design and the block heater in these vehicles can cause the part to overheat when plugged in.
Injuries/Deaths: None reported, but there are two cases of underhood fires in Canada.
If you own one: Ford will begin notifying owners during the week of May 16, company spokesperson John Cangany tells Autoblog.
Ford is issuing a safety recall for approximately 5,500 2015-2016 Lincoln MKC and 2016 Ford Explorer vehicles to remove the heaters and replace them with an updated design. The engine block design, coupled with the particular block heater installed in these vehicles, causes the unit to be susceptible to overheating when the vehicle is parked and the block heater is plugged in –increasing the risk of an underhood fire.
Ford is aware of two reports of underhood fires in Canada, but is not aware of any accidents or injuries related to this issue.
Affected vehicles include certain 2015-2016 Lincoln MKC vehicles built at Louisville Assembly Plant, Nov. 25, 2013 through Jan. 25, 2016 and certain 2016 Ford Explorer vehicles built at Chicago Assembly Plant, Oct. 20, 2014 through Jan. 28, 2016. There are 5,536 vehicles affected by the issue, including 3,129 2015-2016 Lincoln MKC and 2,407 2016 Ford Explorer vehicles, with 1,543 of the affected vehicles in the United States and federalized territories and 3,993 in Canada.
Dealers will remove and replace the engine block heater with an updated design and, if needed, replace the cord at no cost to the customer.