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Ford recalls half a million pickups over cabin fire concerns

Super Duty SuperCrew seatbelt pretensioners may ignite carpet on crash deployment

Published: December 13, 2019, 4:30 PM
Updated: November 17, 2021, 3:44 PM

Ford F-250

Ford is recalling nearly half a million Super Duty pickups in North America over concerns of fires in the cabin.

The issue arises from the front seatbelt pretensioners, which deploy in a crash situation to cinch up the belts to snuggly secure occupants in their seats. The modules could create sparks on deployment and ignite the carpet and/or carpet insulation in the area around the B-pillar. Ford is aware of an incident of a fire related to the condition.

The recall affects 547,538 2017-2019 Ford Super Duty SuperCrew pickups, 490,574 of which are in the US and federal territories, 56,112 in Canada and 852 in Mexico.

Dealership technicians will inspect and apply foil tape to the carpet and carpet insulation in the area, and modify the sound deadener on the inside of the B-Pillar plastic trim coverings.