Ford F-150 Recall for Seat Belt-Related Fire Risk

Kenny Grant
September 8, 2018

They did an investigation and found that some of the front seat belt pretensioners were generating sparks when they were used.

The Fix: Dealers will remove insulation material and wiring harness tape from the B-pillar and install heat-resistant tape to the carpet and its insulation. All repairs will be done for free. Owners will be notified starting September 24.

Need to Find a Dealer for Service? The trucks have seatbelt issues that are at risk of igniting a fire.

The trucks under recall were built at the Dearborn, MI, Assembly Plant and the Kansas City plant in Missouri between 2014 and 2018.

The company blamed the issue on the vehicle's seat belt pretensioners, equipment created to help secure passengers in the event of an accident or crash by reducing the slack in seat belts.

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Ford began investigating but wasn't able to identify any problems with the seat belt pretensioners from the trucks, and the company couldn't re-create any fires. The problem was traced to "the potential" for excessive sparks in the pretensioners.

The lion's share of vehicles affected - about 1.6 million - are in the United States, while about 340,000 are in Canada and almost 37,000 are in Mexico, Ford said.

Ford is recalling close to 340,000 pickup trucks across Canada due to a faulty seatbelt mechanism.

The B-pillar is the post that separates a vehicle's front and rear doors. The agency had asked Ford about fire reports earlier this year. Canadian authorities contacted Ford last November about a fire near a pretensioner on a 2015 model, leading to a joint vehicle inspection, the news service added.

"When sufficient sparks are present, gases exhausted inside the lower portion of the B-pillar by the pretensioners may ignite", says Ford's release about the recall.

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