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  • FILE- This Feb. 14, 2013, file photo shows a hybrid logo on the back of a Ford Fusion hybrid automobile at the 2013 Pittsburgh Auto Show in Pittsburgh. Ford is recalling the charging cords for more than 50,000 plug-in hybrid and electric cars in North America because they could cause fires in electrical outlets. The company says the 120-volt cords came with certain 2012 through 2015 Focus electrics and some 2013 through 2015 Fusion Energi and C-Max Energi plug-in hybrids. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar, File)

Wednesday, August 22, 2018 2:10 pm

Ford recalls electric car power cables because of fire risk

Associated Press

DETROIT -- Ford is recalling the charging cords for more than 50,000 plug-in hybrid and electric cars in North America because they could cause fires in electrical outlets.

The company said the 120-volt cords came with certain 2012 through 2015 Focus electrics and some 2013 through 2015 Fusion Energi and C-Max Energi plug-in hybrids.

Ford said plugging the cords into outlets that aren't on a dedicated circuit or are on damaged, worn or corroded circuits could cause wall outlets to overheat.

The company said it has reports of four fires involving C-Max cords, but no injuries. In three of the fires, owners used extension cords, which Ford said it tells owners not to do. In the fourth fire, Ford said the cause was inconclusive but it does not believe the blaze was related to the cord.

Dealers will replace the cords with ones that can sense high temperatures and shut off charging if necessary. Owners will be notified by letters starting next week.

Ford said owners can keep using the original cords but should follow owners-manual instructions that spell out requirements for wall outlets.