Ford Recalls Over 49,000 EV Charging Cables In US

Sean Szymkowski
by Sean Szymkowski

Ford has issued a recall for charging cables spanning 2012-2015 model year vehicles.

The 120-volt charging cables pose an increased fire risk if they are used in a worn out or damaged outlet. Additionally, using the charging cables in an outlet that’s not on a dedicated circuit could also increase the chance for a fire.

The automaker announced the recall on Wednesday, which covers over 49,000 charging cables. The 120-volt cables came as standard equipment with three Ford electrified vehicles: the 2012-2015 Ford Focus Electric, 2013-2015 Ford C-Max Energi, and the 2013-2015 Ford Fusion Energi.

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In total, 50,524 cars are affected in North America. Ford said 49,197 cars reside in the United States while the other 1,327 affected cars are in Canada. The automaker said it is aware of fire incidents involving the charging cables but no injuries have been reported.

To remedy the situation, Ford will instruct owners to take the current 120-volt charging cord to a Ford dealer for replacement. The new 120-volt model includes a thermistor that protects against overheating outlets. Should the outlet reach unsafe temperatures, the cord will cancel charging until the outlet returns to a safe temperature. Ford also reminded owners that extensions cords should never be used to charge their vehicle.

A version of this story originally appeared on Hybrid Cars.

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