Ford recalls nearly 1,400 F-150 Lightning trucks to have their heaters replaced

Ford has issued a recall for the 2023 F-150 Lightning in Canada and the United States over concerns the electronic cabin coolant heater may not have been manufactured correctly. The recall covers 453 units of the electric truck in Canada and 931 units in the US, and will involve having the heater module replaced.

According to Transport Canada and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), the issue was first discovered when an F-150 vehicle showed a diagnostic trouble code indicating a loss of communication with the heater. The problem was then traced to the supplier’s manufacturing process, specifically the solder assembly operation where a missing solder joint may result in intermittent or no cabin heat.

Ford explains in the recall this heater is crucial for the Lightning’s windshield defrosting and defogging systems, and with its malfunction could decrease driver visibility and lead to an increased risk of a crash.

To address the problem, Ford will notify affected vehicle owners to visit a Ford or Lincoln dealer for a free replacement of the electronic cabin coolant heater, at no cost to the owner. No accidents or injuries related to this issue have been reported. Ford is also not aware of any warranty claims, field reports, or customer complaints related to this issue.

This is the second recall notice issued this week by Ford for one of its electric vehicles. Earlier the company recalled nearly 40,000 Mach-E SUVs in Canada and the US over a battery issue that may cause the EV to suddenly lose power while driving. This was the second recall for this issue, after the fix for the first recall last year did not work as intended.

You can read the full NHTSA recall notice below, or find the Transport Canada recall notice here.

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