26,000 Ford Trucks Recalled for Seat Belts
Over 26,000 Ford trucks are being recalled due to seat belts that are not properly positioned relative to seats.
Details of the Ford Seat Belt Recall
On Tuesday, Ford Motor Company announced that it would be recalling 26,400 pick-up trucks model years 2011, 2012, 2013, and 2015, according to the LA Times.
The recall is specifically for F-650 and F-750 trucks assembled in a Mexico plant between February 14, 2011 and April 28, 2015. Defects in the manufacturing process means the structure and placement of front and center seat belts to not meet standards.
The majority of the trucks recalled are being driven around in the U.S., with close to 500 of them being operated in Canada. A Michigan manufacturer released a statement saying that a fix for the problem is currently being developed.
According to Ford, there have been no reports of fatalities or injuries regarding this specific impairment; however, the automaker did acknowledge the seat belt issues do increase occupants’ risk of injury.
Seat Belt Statistics
- 2014 data obtained by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) suggests seat belt use remains at 87 percent, marking no change from 2013.
- Seat belt use has increased steadily since 1995 when seat belt use was only 60 percent.
- Data from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety shows that motor-vehicle deaths have dropped since 1995, from 41,817 deaths to 32,719 deaths in 2013.