Nearly two million Ford pickup trucks are being recalled due to a seatbelt issue that could result in smoke, and possible fire inside the vehicle.
Ford announced the recall of F-150 Regular Cab and Super Crew Cab trucks that were produced between 2014 and 2018 in Dearborn, Mich. and Kansas City. The company says that it has received nearly two dozen reports of smoke or fire in North America, though no injuries have been reported.
The recalled models include:
- 2015-18 Ford F-150 vehicles built at Dearborn Assembly Plant, March 12, 2014 through Aug. 23, 2018 and
- 2015-18 Ford F-150 vehicles built at Kansas City Assembly Plant, Aug. 20, 2014 through Aug. 23, 2018.
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, Ford officials stated.
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. Dealers also will modify the back interior panels of Regular Cab vehicles. All repairs will be provided at no cost to customers.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration began their investigation last month after receiving several complaints from F-150 owners. The recall is expected to begin on Sept. 24, according to the NHTSA. According to an NBC News report , the service campaign may cost upwards of $140 million.
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