Ford recalls F-150 pickup trucks over seatbelt issue

Ford recalls F-150 pickup trucks over seatbelt issue

Photo courtesy CBC.

Photo courtesy CBC.

Ford is recalling two million F-150 pickup trucks across North America because of an issue with seat belts that have caused multiple cases of smoke or fire.

The issue comes from the front driver and passenger seat belt pretensioners, which is used to tighten passengers before a crash.

The sparks can ignite gases inside a support beam and Ford has received 23 reports of smoke or fire involving vehicles from the last three model years from 2015 through 2018.

Six of those reports are from Canada and the recall involves nearly 340,000 trucks in Canada.

The affected vehicles include 2015 to 2018 Ford F-150 vehicles built at the Dearborn Assembly Plant in Michigan from March 12, 2014, to Aug. 23, 2018.

Ford F-150’s in 2015 through 2018 model years built at the Kansas City Assembly Plant from Aug. 20, 2014, to Aug. 23, 2018, are also affected.

Fire destroyed three trucks, but Ford says it is not aware of any injuries.

Owners who think they have an affected vehicle are instructed to contact their dealer and Ford says all repairs will be provided at no cost to the customer.

The recall number is 18S27.


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