Ford recall involves the Ford Focus EV shown here.

Ford is recalling approximately 50,000 charging cords that came with certain plug-in hybrid and electric cars after reports that some cords overheated and caused fires. 

The recalled 120-volt cords, known as “convenience charge” cords, plug into conventional household outlets and were provided with 2012 to 2015 Ford C-Max Energi wagons, 2012 to 2015 Ford Focus Electric hatchbacks, and 2013 to 2015 Ford Fusion Energi sedans.

The cords may increase the temperature of a wall outlet and create a fire risk if that outlet “is not on a dedicated circuit or is damaged, worn, or corroded,” the automaker says. Ford is aware of “some” reports of fires related to the recalled cords, but it did not specify how many. 

The Details

Vehicles recalled: A total of 49,197 vehicles with the affected cords were sold in the U.S., including:
• 2012-15 Ford Focus Electric hatchbacks built at the Wayne, Mich., assembly plant between Sept. 15, 2011, and March 14, 2015
• 2013-15 Ford Fusion Energi plug-in hybrid sedans built at Hermosillo, Mexico, assembly plant between Sept. 4, 2012, and March 5, 2015
• 2013-15 Ford C-Max Energi plug-in hybrid wagons built at the Michigan assembly plant between April 13, 2012, and March 14, 2015

The problem: If a charging cord is plugged into a wall outlet that is not on a dedicated circuit—or is damaged, worn, or corroded—the wall outlet may overheat and cause a fire.

The fix: Ford will replace the recalled cords with new cords that will stop charging if the wall outlet or plug gets too hot. Ford said it would also remind owners by mail that vehicles should never be charged using household extension cords.

How to contact the manufacturer: Owners of affected vehicles will be notified by mail and can take their car to a Ford dealer to get the new cord. They can also contact Ford at 866-436-7332.

NHTSA campaign number: The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration does not yet have a campaign number for this recall. Ford’s recall number is 18S24.

Check to see whether your vehicle has an open recall: Plug in the 17-digit vehicle identification number at the NHTSA website. It will tell you whether your vehicle has any open recalls that need to be addressed.

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