Ford Seat Belt Recall
FORD SEAT BELT PRETENSIONERS SPARKING VEHICLE FIRES
Ford Motor Company has issued a recall for more nearly 2 million F-series pickups after receiving reports of vehicle fires caused by defective seat belt pretension.
SOME VEHICLES COMPLETELY DESTROYED FOR FORD SEAT BELT PRETENSIONER FIRES
According to Ford, the automaker had received 23 reports of “smoke and fires” as of September. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) launched an investigation into the defect in August, noting that it had received three reports in which pretensioner-related fires had completely destroyed vehicles.
Typically, seat belt pretensioners use a small, controlled explosion to deploy in the event of a collision (similar to an airbag). Recall documents suggest the defective seat belt pretensioners can generate excessive sparks when they deploy. When sufficient, these sparks can ignite gases exhausted inside the lower portion of the B-pillar causing components, insulation, and carpet inside the vehicle cabin to catch fire.
Documents also suggest that the seat belt pretensioners equipped in recalled trucks were manufactured by either ZF TRW or Takata. Takata is the same parts manufacturer behind a massive recall of airbags that can explode upon deployment. It was determined that the ammonium nitirate mixture used by Takata in their airbags was too volatile and could further deteriorate over time.
VEHICLES COVERED BY THE FORD SEAT BELT RECALL
The recall affects certain Regular Cab and SuperCrew Cab pickups from the 2015 through 2018 model years. So far, the following are listed under the recall.
- 2015-18 Ford F-150 pickup trucks built at the Dearborn, Mich., Assembly Plant from March 12, 2014 through Aug. 23, 2018
- 2015-18 Ford F-150 pickup trucks built at the Kansas City, Mo., Assembly Plant from Aug. 20, 2014 through Aug. 23, 2018
Ford’s F-series trucks serve as the automakers flagship product and have been the best-selling trucks in America for more than 40 years and the best-selling vehicle of any type for more than 30 years.
Ford sold almost 2.5 million F-series trucks from 2015 through 2017 and more than 500,000 trucks through July 2018, with five months to go. If all F-series trucks in the four years were to be recalled, the total number of vehicles involved would be close to 3.5 million.
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