Ford Recalling 2 Million Trucks for Possible Seat Belt Fires
DETROIT, MI. – September 6, 2018 (wsbradio.com) According to an online news report from wsbradio.com, automaker Ford is recalling about 2 million trucks because of concerns that seat belts could spark and catch on fire.*
The recall affects Ford F-150 pickup trucks in North America from the years 2015 to 2018. Ford announced the recall in response to an investigation into the pickups launched by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. As of August 30, Ford indicated it had received 23 reports of smoke or fire in F-150 trucks in the United States and Canada. None of these reports documented injuries, Ford said, but some of the reports documented total loss of the trucks.
The sparking and fire issues are apparently due to seat belt pretensioners that generate friction as they tighten before a crash. The friction leads to sparks that can ignite gases inside a support pillar between the front and rear seats of the trucks. Insulation and carpeting in the trucks can then catch fire. The pretensioners are designed to gradually restrain passengers in a collision and were made by two companies, including Takata.
Owners of affected F-150s will be notified by Ford starting later in September. Owners can then bring their trucks to a local dealership for removal of insulation and installation of heat-resistant tape, along with removal of wiring tape and modification of interior panels. According to Ford, this recall will cost the automaker about $140 million and will be reflected in its third-quarter reporting.
To check whether your vehicle is subject to an active recall right now, you can visit the website for the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. By entering your VIN in the website, you will receive information about current recalls and how to proceed to ensure your vehicle’s safety.
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