If you happen to be the owner of a Ford F1 50, we have some bad news for you. Ford has issued a safety recall that affects approximately 2 million trucks in North America. They released a statement that said the issue is in the pretensioner mechanism, which pulls the seat belt tight when a driver hits the brakes suddenly or during a collision.
In most cases, the pretensioner is effective at safeguarding the passenger and reducing injury or the likelihood of death. In this case, however, the deployment of the pretensioner can generate sparks and potentially start a fire. There have not been any reports of casualties because of the faulty seatbelts yet but Ford has revealed 17 incidents of this taking place in the United States and 6 in Canada.
Only trucks that contain the defective pretensioner will be included in the recall and all of those trucks were manufactured within the past 4 years. The following are the models that are part of the safety recall:
– 2015-18 Ford F-150 vehicles built at Dearborn Assembly Plant, March 12, 2014 through Aug. 23, 2018
– 2015-18 Ford F-150 vehicles built at Kansas City Assembly Plant, Aug. 20, 2014 through Aug. 23, 2018
If you need to reference the number for this recall, it is 18S27. Owners of those vehicles should be notified soon as to how they should proceed. Ford plans on standing by their product and conducting the repairs. It would require that the carpet and insulation be stripped from the vehicle and heat resistant tape is applied to the affected areas.
There is no cost associated with this recall.