Ford Recalls 2 Million F-150 Pickups With Seat Belt Defect That Can Cause Fires

2018 Ford F-150 Pickups

Ford is recalling approximately 2 million F-150 pickups over a seat belt defect that could cause fires.

The Blue Oval says it’s aware of 17 reports of smoke or fire in the United States and six in Canada. Ford is not aware of any accidents or injuries relating to the issue.

Ford F-150 Recall

The recall involves certain 2015-18 Ford F-150 Regular Cab and SuperCrew Cab trucks.  According to Reuters, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration said last month it was investigating five complaints of fire in the seat belt component.

Ford says its investigation found that some front seat belt pretensioners can generate excessive sparks when they deploy. If there are enough sparks, gases exhausted inside the lower portion of the B-pillar by the pretensioners could ignite. Components behind the B-pillar such as insulation and carpet may also subsequently catch fire.

Affected vehicles include:

  • 2015-18 Ford F-150 vehicles built at Dearborn Assembly Plant, March 12, 2014 through Aug. 23, 2018
  • 2015-18 Ford F-150 vehicles built at Kansas City Assembly Plant, Aug. 20, 2014 through Aug. 23, 2018

There are approximately 1,995,776 vehicles in North America relating to this concern, with 1,619,112 vehicles in the United States and its federalized territories, 339,884 in Canada and 36,780 in Mexico. The Ford reference number for this recall is 18S27.

Remedy

Dealers will remove insulation material from the B-pillar trim, remove remnants of wiring harness tape in the B-pillar area, and apply heat-resistant tape to the carpet and its insulation. Dealers also will modify the back interior panels of Regular Cab vehicles. All repairs will be provided at no cost to customers.

Photo Credit: Ford

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