874,000 Ford F-Series pickup trucks recalled over fire risk

Ford on Friday announced that it will recall 874,000 full-size and heavy-duty pickup trucks in the U.S. and Canada due to a defective engine block heater wiring assembly that could start a fire.

The recall covers 2015-2019 Ford F-150 pickups and 2017-2019 F-250, F-350, F-450, and F-550 Super Duty trucks. The automaker said that the risk of fire only occurs when the vehicles are turned off and the block heaters are plugged into electrical outlets. Ford said in a statement that a splice connector in the block heater cord allows moisture into the wiring, causing it to corrode. A corroded wire could trip circuits or cause a short.