Ford/Lincoln Recall nearly 4,000 SUVs

Transport Canada Recall # 2016138
Recall Date 2016/03/31

On certain 2016 Ford Explorer and 2015/2016 Lincoln MKC SUV vehicles equipped with a 2.3 litre GTDI engine and an engine block heater, due to the engine‚Äôs orientation, the block heater could be susceptible to overheating. An overheated engine block heater may result in engine coolant leakage, or heat damage to the electrical connector of the block heater. Overheating of the engine block heater may increase the risk of an underhood fire causing injury and/or property damage. Correction: Dealers will replace the engine block heater element with one of a different design, and will inspect the block heater’s electrical cord, and replace if required. In the interim, owners are advised to stop using their block heater until the campaign is completed.

Note: This risk only exists when the block heater is plugged in and the vehicle is parked.