Ford Motor Company said that it was aware of 17 reports in the United States where smoke or fires broke out, and another six in Canada, but said it didn’t know of any accidents or injuries that resulted. Ford blames the issue on the vehicle’s seat belt pretensioners, equipment designed to secure passengers in the event of an accident or crash by reducing the slack in seat belts. The equipment uses a small device that emits gas, Ford said, which could ignite if there are “excessive sparks,” causing insulation and carpets inside the truck to catch fire.
The recall affects 2015-2018 F150 Regular Cab and SuperCrew Cab vehicles that were manufactured at its Dearborn Assembly Plant in Michigan and its Kansas City Assembly Plant in Missouri Ford shared in a statement.
The majority of vehicles affected are about 1.6 million here in the U.S, 340,000 in Canada and nearly 37,000 are in Mexico, according to Ford.
“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,” Ford’s statement said. “Dealers also will modify the back interior panels of Regular Cab vehicles.”
The company will conduct the repairs at no cost to customers. If you feel that you may own or lease one of the affected trucks, contact your local Ford dealership and give them the information pertaining to the truck, and the dealership will take it from there at no cost to you.
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