Ford Motor on Thursday said it will conduct three separate safety recalls. Among those recalls is a defective engine heater that caused two fires in sport-utility vehicles (SUVs) in Canada.
The three Ford recalls including 48,000 combined vehicles, the company said in a statement released on Thursday morning.
Two under-the-hood fires in Lincoln MKCs caused by overheating block heaters were reported to Ford in Canada leading to the recall of 5,536 SUVs in that country and in the United States.
The affected models include the 2016 model year Ford Explorer, and Lincoln MKC models from 2015 and 2016.
“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 said.
Ford will replace heaters in the affected vehicles with an updated version.
The heating blocks typically arrive as a standard feature in cold-weather areas, which is why most of the recall is focused on Canada where 3,993 vehicles will be recalled.
1,543 of the vehicles will be recalled in the United States and its territories, Ford said.
The company is also recalling 38,000 model year 2015 and 2016 low-roof Ford Transit vans to inspect and adjust side-curtain air bags that may be incorrectly positioned in some vehicles. Almost all (98%) of those vehicles are located in the United States.
Finally, Ford will recall about 4,800 heavy trucks F-650 and F-750 to replace parking brake connector clips.
There have been no injuries reported in any of the recalled Ford vehicles.