Ford is recalling around two million F-150 trucks. The issue: seat belt fire hazard
The recall affects the USA, Canada, and Mexico
Ford’s facing a recall crisis after officials announced on Thursday that the Blue Oval is to kick off a recall campaign for roughly two million F-150 trucks.
Reuters reports that FoMoCo will recall F-150 pickup trucks sold in the USA as well as Canada due to “a seat belt problem that could generate sparks and cause fires.” Targeted cars are 2015-2018 Ford F-150 Regular Cab and SuperCrew Cab models.
The same news outlet also mentions that Ford has received “17 reports of smoke or fire in the United States and six in Canada.” Luckily, so far there’ve been no injuries reported.
Coming back to the fault in question, it is believed that the driver and passenger seat belt pretensioner (a little gizmo that secures the seat belt in the event of a crash) produces too much sparks, which in turn could lead to fire.
As it is customary in such circumstance, Ford will repair the faulty components at no cost for the owners, but the recall is expected to drill a $140 million hole in the company’s budget.
Ford also estimates that 1.62 million affected vehicles come from the US, 340,000 from Canada and 37,000 from Mexico.