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Ford Motor Company is recalling some of its luxury brand's 2016-2017 Lincoln MKX SUVs because a battery cable may come in contact with a bracket for the transmission shifter cable. This contact could eventually wear away the insulation of the battery cable, which can result in an electrical short. This increases the risk of the wiring melting or overheating, as well as the risk of a fire.

The recall is for 54,411 vehicles in the U.S. and federal territories and 5,253 in Canada.

Ford said in a statement that it's aware of three vehicle fires that may have been related to the issue, but it is not aware of any accidents or injuries associated with this issue.

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The Details

Vehicles recalled: 59,664 vehicles in the U.S. and Canada that were built at the Oakville Assembly Plant from Nov. 12, 2014 through Sept. 11, 2017.

The problem: The insulation on a battery cable may be worn away because the cable has come in contact with a bracket for the transmission shifter cable. A short circuit could result in overheated or melted wiring, or a fire.

The fix: Dealers will remove parts of the tray that holds the battery in place and install a shield for wires and a protective sleeve on the battery cable.

How to contact the manufacturer: Ford's number for this recall is 19S41. Owners may call Ford customer service at 866-436-7332. There is no date as to when the recall will begin.

NHTSA campaign number: The NHTSA campaign number was not available at the time of publication.

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