Ford announced they are recalling 2 million F-150 pickup trucks due to a seat belt mechanism that has started fires. 1.6 million of these vehicles are in the United States.
The recall includes select 2015-2018 F-150 SuperCrew Cab and Regular Cab trucks. The trucks were made at their Dearborn Assembly Plant and Kansas City Assembly Plant.
There have been 17 reports of smoke or fire breaking out due to a seat belt. The report from Ford reads, “Ford’s investigation found that some front seat belt pretensioners can generate excessive sparks when they deploy. 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 dealers will conduct the repairs at no cost.
Ford F-150 Recall
Ford also recalled F-150’s earlier this year over a transmission issue that resulted in a vehicle rolling away after being parked. This recalled covered 350,000 2018 F-150 models in North America.
If you own a Ford F-150 affected by the recall and have experienced smoke or fire from your seat belt, contact the product liability lawyers at KBA Attorneys. Product liability and other personal injury cases can be complicated and time-consuming, but we have years of experience getting results.