Ford recalls 2 million pickups over fire worries

F-150 pickups may have faulty seatbelt pretensioners that could start fires

Published: September 6, 2018, 9:30 PM
Updated: November 21, 2021, 2:59 PM

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Ford is recalling 2 million pickups to address an issue with front seatbelt pretensioners that might start a fire.

A Ford investigation found that some seatbelt pretensioners may generate excessive sparks, and given the gases involved in the deployment of the pretensioner (similar to an airbag deployment), the sparks may ignite the gas, which might in turn set fire to the insulation and/or a carpet around the B-Pillar, where the belts are mounted.

The company is aware of 23 involving the issue (6 in Canada), but is not aware of any damage to people or property as a result of those reports.

The recall affects 1,995,776 Ford F-150 regular cab and SuperCrew pickups from model years 2015 through 2018, 339,884 of which are in Canada (1,619,112 of the pickups are in the US and federalized territories, and 36,780 are in Mexico).

Dealers will remove the wiring harness tape and replace it with heat-resistant tape on the carpet and insulation around the B-Pillar trim. On regular cab models, they will also modify the back interior panels.