Ford issued a recall on Thursday that affects approximately 2 million trucks due to issues with the seat belt pretensioners.
Some of these pretensioners generate excessive sparks when they deploy. These sparks ignite, they can cause the carpet and insulation of a vehicle to catch fire.
There have been 17 reports of smoke or fire in the United States and six in Canada. At this time, Ford is not aware of any accidents or injuries that resulted due to this.
Affected vehicles are: 2015-1018 Ford F-150 vehicles built at Dearborn Assembly Plant between March 12, 2014 and August 23, 2018 and 2015-2018 Ford F-150 vehicles built at Kansas City Assembly Plant between August 20, 2014 and August 23, 2018.
Ford is recalling about 2 million trucks after it received reports of a seatbelt malfunction that could cause smoke or fire https://t.co/3TqP9nrDTR— The Wall Street Journal (@WSJ) September 6, 2018
Ford is recalling about 2 million F-150 pickups in North America because the seat belts can cause fires. https://t.co/EgpMQoGHDW— AP Business News (@APBusiness) September 6, 2018
NOW: Ford recalls about 2 million select 2015-18 Ford F-150 Regular Cab and SuperCrew Cab vehicles in North America for safety issues with the driver and front passenger seat belts. #2NewsAM pic.twitter.com/tbZgWlvEWg— Holly Menino (@KUTVHolly) September 6, 2018