Ford Issues Safety Recalls In North America For 120-Volt Charging Cords

AUG 23 2018 BY STEVEN LOVEDAY 29

Ford’s safety recall applies to standard 120-volt convenience charge cords that could potentially lead to a fire.

Ford announced this week that it is recalling about 50,000 charge cords that were originally standard equipment with select 2012-15 Ford Focus Electric, 2013-15 Ford Fusion Energi, and 2013-15 Ford C-MAX Energi vehicles. Under certain conditions, these cords can cause high heat at the wall outlet, which could lead to a fire. The automaker admits that it is aware of some fire reports.

Keep in mind that InsideEVs does not suggest that you use a 120-volt outlet as a long-term method for home charging. These are more correctly referred to as occasional-use chargers. It shouldn’t be an issue for short-term applications, but upgrading is advised. If you plan to buy an electric vehicle, it’s important to do your homework and understand your responsibilities when it comes to charging at home. While it will cost you to have an electrician visit your home and install the necessary equipment, it will be well worth it in the end. You will enjoy faster, safer charging and not have to rely on a 120-volt cord, or possibly a questionable outlet, like the ones connected to Ford’s recall.

Visit our charger guide for more information, as well as a variety of articles about EV charging.

We’ve included the entire press release below:

FORD ISSUES TWO SAFETY RECALLS IN NORTH AMERICA

AUG 22, 2018 | DEARBORN, MICH.

 

DEARBORN, Mich., Aug. 22, 2018 – Ford is issuing two safety recalls in North America. Details are:

Select 2012-15 Ford Focus Electric, 2013-15 Ford Fusion Energi and 2013-15 Ford C-MAX Energi vehicles for 120-volt convenience charge cords

Ford is issuing a recall for approximately 50,000 120-volt convenience charge cords originally provided with select 2012-15 Ford Focus Electric, 2013-15 Ford Fusion Energi and 2013-15 Ford C-MAX Energi vehicles.

Using the 120-volt convenience charge cord originally provided with the affected vehicles with an AC outlet that is not on a dedicated circuit or is damaged, worn or corroded may result in increased temperature at the wall outlet and potentially lead to a fire.

Ford is aware of some fire reports.

Affected vehicles include:

  • 2012-15 Ford Focus Electric vehicles built at Michigan Assembly Plant, Sept. 15, 2011 through March 14, 2015
  • 2013-15 Ford Fusion Energi vehicles built at Hermosillo Assembly Plant, Sept. 4, 2012 through March 5, 2015
  • 2013-15 Ford C-MAX Energi vehicles built at Michigan Assembly Plant, April 13, 2012 through March 14, 2015

There are approximately 50,524 vehicles in North America with accompanying charge cords relating to this concern, with 49,197 vehicles in the United States and its federalized territories and 1,327 in Canada. The Ford reference number for this recall is 18S24.

Owners will be notified by mail and reminded of the requirements for adequate wall outlets, and that extension cords should not be used under any circumstance to charge their vehicles. They will be instructed to take their vehicle to a Ford dealer to have the factory-equipped 120-volt convenience charge cord replaced with the latest version of the 120-volt convenience cord that includes a thermistor, free of charge. The thermistor can identify over-temperature conditions at the plug/outlet interface and will discontinue charging until the temperature decreases to an appropriate level.

 

Select 2018 Ford Edge, 2019 Ford Flex, 2018 Lincoln MKX and 2019 Lincoln MKT vehicles for improperly secured power supply cable fasteners

Ford is issuing a recall for approximately 100 2018 Ford Edge, 2019 Ford Flex, 2018 Lincoln MKX and 2019 Lincoln MKT vehicles that may not have the power supply cable fastener properly secured to the alternator or to the starter motor.

In the affected vehicles, if the nut used to fasten the power supply cable to the starter motor or alternator is not fully tightened or is cross threaded, the interface may not provide a secure connection. An improperly fastened power supply cable increases the potential for an electrical surge, which could lead to a fire.

Ford is not aware of any fires, accidents or injuries related to this condition.

Affected vehicles include 2018 Ford Edge, 2019 Ford Flex, 2018 Lincoln MKX and 2019 Lincoln MKT vehicles built at Oakville Assembly Plant on May 29, 2018.

There are approximately 87 vehicles in the United States and seven in Canada. The Ford reference number for this recall is 18S25.

Dealers will inspect the alternator and starter motor power supply cable nuts and studs for cross threading or damage and verify that the nuts are properly torqued using a torque wrench, at no charge to the customer.

About Ford Motor Company

Ford Motor Company is a global company based in Dearborn, Michigan. The company designs, manufactures, markets and services a full line of Ford cars, trucks, SUVs, electrified vehicles and Lincoln luxury vehicles, provides financial services through Ford Motor Credit Company and is pursuing leadership positions in electrification, autonomous vehicles and mobility solutions. Ford employs approximately 201,000 people worldwide. For more information regarding Ford, its products and Ford Motor Credit Company, please visit www.corporate.ford.com.

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29 Comments on "Ford Issues Safety Recalls In North America For 120-Volt Charging Cords"

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ffbj

Another black-eye for Ford.

Mark.ca

This is nothing and they are fixing it so nothing to worry about. Just like.the article say, most will not use L1 for every day charging anyway.

Will

Still use L1 for daily driving since I only drive 30 miles a day plus i have another car if the juice is low if I had 200 mile ev

Mark.ca

Mee too but will soon switch to L2. Getting tired of losing 5% in charging, not worth it especially when L2 stations are this cheap.

Bill Howland

ffbj this isn’t a black eye – they are proactively taking corrective action for a problem they didn’t create. More detail on my lengthy comment further down.

Bill Howland
Haha! Mentioned this yesterday that IEV’s would have an article on this eventually. This is basically the issue that the 2011 VOLT had. TO avoid silly ignition switch lawsuit comparisons, (GM really wasn’t at fault in that case as I’ve explained several times – that ANY other company would have avoided litigation since they’d say they can’t control what a customer may do, and any use of foreign keys or keys having nothing to do with proper operation of the car will void all warranties), GM was not at fault in 2011 with the occasional use cord, either. I had one of the early models – It having a perfectly fine AWG #16 cord plug stub, and then having a long AWG #16 long cord going to the car jack. I had it plugged into a substantial receptacle, and it ran far, far cooler than other manufacturer’s initial products which also caused some fires. The owner’s manual said their charging cord was 1). A high-power device. 2). Must be plugged into a heavy duty receptacle in good condition. 3). Recommended professional evaluation of the outlet, in questionable locations – if not GM also wisely offered a reduced current (8 rather… Read more »
Bill Howland

I’d love to hear the moronic reason some idiot voted me 1 negative. I provided more useable info than the article.

(⌐■_■) Trollnonymous

Where are all the peeps that say “I’ll only buy a UL Listed or EVSE from the manufacturer because it’s safer”?????

HELLLLLLOOOOOO?!?!?!?

Bill Howland

Hello – how about familiarizing yourself with the issue before you make indefensible statements? FORD in this case, IS, and always was BLAMELESS. They are proactively compensating for customer stupidity.

A UL-Listed cord (or other listing agencies such as CSA) cannot prevent fires in a customer’s fire trap receptacles.

ModernMarvelFan

UL doesn’t prevent idiots from misuse or questionable outlets…

(⌐■_■) Trollnonymous

That’s what I’m sayin. Some people say they don’t trust anything other than what the manufacturer sells and/or UL listed………LMAO.

They blast on OPENEVSE all the time about it.

Pushmi-Pullyu

Right. UL only tests electrical appliances (and cords) to make sure they can be used safely for the purpose for which they are designed. Nobody could possibly guarantee safe use under every possible condition of abuse!

Ben

“Keep in mind that InsideEVs does not suggest that you use a 120-volt outlet as a long-term method for home charging. These are more correctly referred to as occasional-use chargers. It shouldn’t be an issue for short-term applications, but upgrading is advised.”

It’s pretty clear to me that you guys get a lot of advertising dollars from Clipper Creek or whoever else and that’s compromised your journalism. Running L1 all the time is perfectly fine if you have a good outlet and nothing else on the circuit. There is nothing in the owner’s manual that says you can’t use a L1 every day.

I have a “recalled” FFE which I’ve exclusively charged on L1 for the past two years. I regularly check the plug and outlet during charging and it only gets slightly warm. Telling people they *have* to buy a L2 charger will only serve to slow EV adoption if their driving habits don’t require it.

Pushmi-Pullyu

“It’s pretty clear to me that you guys get a lot of advertising dollars from Clipper Creek or whoever else and that’s compromised your journalism.”

Compromised? Is this “opposite day”? I was mentally giving Steven points for running an appropriately strong warning in the article!

An extension cord is not an EVSE, contrary to what you’re claiming. And just because any given individual has been able to get away with doing something that’s not safe, doesn’t mean that we should ignore safety. You might burn your house down tomorrow.

Bill Howland

Pushi: “…An extension cord is NOT an EVSE, contrary to what you’re claiming…”.

This seems like your SuperCharger statements – they are not in relation to anything I said.

Ben never said an extension cord is an EVSE. The fact that you CLAIM he said it means this discussion is really over your head.

What he did say is that the owner’s manual says the L1 charging is just as legitimate as any other form of charging. That he DID say, and contrary to what is the editorial opinion here that L1 is next to useless and unsafe – both claims are demonstrably false and are not the policy of automakers.

There is an issue with ANY tesla product in that it is uniquely a Tesla issue that there is at least a 30% efficiency penalty by using L1 that is an idiosyncracy with only their products and therefore, Teslas uniquely benefit from L2 charging – which is strictly a North American issue.

Nix

recalls are a good thing. They fix things for free.

Bash car makers for recalls and you get less free fixes and everybody suffers.

Bashing car makers for doing recalls is counter-productive for car owners. Bashing about recalls should be reserved for companies that FAIL to do recalls when they should have done a recall.

Pushmi-Pullyu

Hear, hear!