Ford recently released two separate recall announcements for Ford F-150 and Lincoln MKX units citing the risk of fire due to faulty battery assemblies as cause.
The F-150 has an issue with its battery-terminal fastener, which, according to the company, may have loosened due to too much adhesive on the terminal joint contact for a monitoring sensor.
Aside from potentially causing fire, the loose connection can also damage other systems of the vehicle. Owners are warned the gauge clusters may get wonky and the braking and steering assist systems may disappear due to poor connection.
A total of 135,725 F-150 trucks from the 2019 to 2020 model years are affected by the recall.
To fix the problem, dealers will inspect and have their technicians remove the excess adhesive if found. They will then reassemble the joint and re-torque the fasteners.
Meanwhile, affected Lincoln MKX models are said to have a battery cable harness that lacks enough clearance. The harness could come in contact with the transmission shifter cable bracket and gradually grind through wiring insulation. If this happens, the risk of a short circuit and fire increases.
The problem affects a total of 54,411 models with the 3.7-liter V6 from the 2016 t0 2017 model years.
Ford said it is aware of three fire incidents that may be related to the problem but has maintained there are no reported injuries.
Lincoln MKX owners are advised to bring their cars to a dealer where a technician will remove the four battery clips and install a wire channel shield and a protective sleeve for the battery cable harness.
The schedule for the release of recall notices is not yet to be confirmed as of writing.