Ford Motor Company has issued a recall for 2 million of their F-150 model pickup trucks due to a defect in the seat belt which could result in a fire.
The company says its received 23 reports of smoke or fire, but no injures have been reported. The recall affects the 2015 to 2018 models of the Ford F-150, produced from March 2014 through August 2018 at plants in Dearborn, Michigan. Another plant in Kansas City produced the models from August 2014 through August 2018.
“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.”