2 million Ford F-150s being recalled due to potential fire risk

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

After learning of reports of faulty pretensioners, the company launched an investigation and found that some front ones can generate excessive sparks when they deploy. This, in turn, could cause the carpeting and insulation behind the B-pillar to catch on fire.

The company said it was aware of 17 reports in the United States where smoke or fires broke out, and another six cases in Canada, but said it didn't know of any accidents or injuries that resulted.

The affected Regular Cab and SuperCrew Cab trucks were built between March 12, 2014 and August 23, 2018, according to documents posted Thursday by NHTSA.

Close to two-million trucks are affected by this recall across North America.

Ford is recalling approximately 2 million F-150 trucks due to a potential fire risk. Owners will be notified via first-class mail, and should call their dealers to schedule times to take the vehicles in.

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.

Pretensioners use explosive charges to hold seat belts in place during a auto crash. Regular cab tricks will also get modifications to the rear interior panels.

Ford will fix the problem for free and said in a securities filing the recall would cost about $140 million.

Rather than replacing the pretensioner itself, Ford's plan is to remove potentially flammable elements from the B-pillars and add flame-resistant tape, thereby preventing sparks from starting larger fires. The trucks also compromise Ford's most profitable product line, according to company data.

If there are enough sparks, gasses exhausted inside the B-pillar by the tensioners can ignite.



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