2 Million Ford Trucks Being Recalled for Seat Belt Fire Risk
Ford has announced that they are recalling 2 million Ford F-150 models because there is a risk of a fire starting from the seat belt, yes you read that right, the seat belt could cause a fire.
Ford says, "some front seat belt pretensioners can generate excessive sparks when they deploy. When sufficient sparks are present, gases exhausted inside the lower portion of the B-pillar by the pretensioners may ignite. If this gas ignites, components behind the B-pillar such as insulation and carpet may subsequently catch fire."
The company said that it is aware of 17 reports of smoke or fire in the U.S. and 6 in Canada with no reports of injuries. Here are the trucks that are affected by the recall:
- 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
Ford will fix the problem at no cost and will be reaching out to owners of the particular vehicles shortly.