Ford announced today that it is recalling almost 20,000 new vehicles in North America, most of them heavy duty pickup trucks, due to the chance that an electrical short could cause a fire.
According to Ford and U.S. federal regulators, the manufacturer will inform owners of its F-series pickups, small sports utility vehicles Edge and Lincoln MKX of the potential problem next year, by January 10.
Apparently, almost 15,000 of the affected vehicles were sold in the United States, while most of the rest in Canada.
The good news is that no injuries or accidents related to the issue were reported. "If an electrical short develops, an overheating condition may occur which can result in an unattended vehicle fire," the NHTSA filing said.
According to Ford, the affected vehicles include: 13,200 Super Duty F-Series trucks (F-250, F-350 and F-450 models), 476 F-150 pickup trucks, 6,200 Edge and MKX models.
As expected the repairs will be paid by Ford, and it appears that the repair time will be relatively short, although Ford spokesman Wes Sherwood didn’t specify how long it will take. [via autonews - sub. required]