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Ford recalls 874,000 F-150, Super Duty trucks in North America over fire risks

Ford Motor Co. issued Dec. 21 a recall of about 874,000 F-150 and Super Duty trucks in North America due to fire risks in the vehicles' engine block heaters.

Of the affected vehicles, 410,289 vehicles are present in the U.S. and federal territories and 463,793 in Canada.

The carmaker said the fire risk increases when a vehicle is parked with the block heater cable plugged into an electrical outlet. The defect is caused by water and contaminants entering into the block heater cable's splice connector causing corrosion and damage to the cable over time, which could then result in a short.

Ford is aware of three fire incidents due to the issue and related minor property damage in one incident. However, it said no injuries or accidents have been tied to it.

The affected vehicles include some 2015-2019 models of F-150 pickup trucks built between March 18, 2014, and Nov. 17, 2018, and 2017-2019 Super Duty vehicles built between Oct. 8, 2015, and Nov. 17, 2018.