Ford is recalling nearly 15,000 F-line trucks and Lincoln MKX vehicles because of a faulty part that could cause vehicle fires.
The 14,737, 2011 F-150, F-250, F-350, F-450, F-550, Edge and Lincoln MKX vehicles are all affected by the recall.
Ford Motor Co. said the recall comes after two unattended 2011 F-150 vehicles caught fire at the Dearborn Assembly Plant in recent weeks, according to news reports. The automaker blames the overheating problem on an internal electrical short in the vehicles.
“An investigation by Lear found that a newly hired operator failed to properly clean a soldering machine during four production shifts from Oct. 25-30, resulting in a small number of printed circuit boards with contaminants that could result in a short circuit,” Ford said.
So far no reports on fires from owners have been reported, the company said. The voluntary recall aims to fix the fire safety hazard before any car accidents or injuries occur because of the problem.
As a Seattle car accident attorney, I’m glad to see Ford take care of this problem before any injuries occur. Ford said it would begin notifying owners Jan. 10 to come into a dealership for a free inspection and replacement part if necessary. I urge drivers to get the faulty part replaced as soon as possible.