Ford issues recall on F-150

Ford is recalling 2 million trucks in North America to address fire concerns for seat belt parts

Ford is recalling 2 million trucks in North America to address fire concerns for seat belt parts

The recall, which is connected to seat belt pretensioners generating excessive sparks when deploying, affects almost 340,000 cars in Canada. That could ignite gas exhaust in the "lower portion of the B-pillar" lighting insulation and set carpeting on fire.

Ford said there have been 17 reports of smoke or fire in the U.S. In Canada, there have been six reports.

No injuries were reported in those incidents.

The recall covers 2015-18 Ford F-150 Regular Cab and SuperCrew Cab vehicles in North America for driver and front passenger seat-belt pretensioners.

Close to two-million trucks are affected by this recall across North America. They also will "remove remnants of wiring tape and modify interior panels in Regular Cab trucks".

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration launched an investigation last month after learning of five fires, including three that engulfed and destroyed the vehicle, USA Today reports.

A seat belt pretensioner acts in a split second to tighten the belt and better hold its occupant in place.

In a statement Thursday, the NHTSA said that these auto owners "should watch for recall notifications from Ford Motor Co. and take action when it's time to get the free fix".

Ford said the components in the older 2015-2017 models were built by Takata, which was acquired by Ningbo Joyson Electronic Corp., while ZF Friedrichshafen AG built the parts starting with the 2018 model year. "The truck went up in complete flames in a matter of minutes and is a complete loss", the owner wrote.

Ford began investigating but wasn't able to identify any problems with the seat belt pretensioners from the trucks, and the company couldn't re-create any fires.

NHTSA opened its investigation on August 3.

Ford told CR that it had no comment beyond its official release announcing the recall.

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