Published: Sat, September 08, 2018
Markets | By Otis Pena

Ford Recalls Over 339000 F-150s in Canada

Ford Recalls Over 339000 F-150s in Canada

Ford is recalling about 2 million F-150 pickup trucks - the top selling vehicle in the us - after an investigation determined that a seat belt mechanism can spark and start a fire.

That can cause gases inside a support beam to ignite and catch fire.

According to the automaker, they have had 23 reports in Canada and the USA of smoke or fires in their F-150s.

No injuries were reported in those incidents.

The affected models include late model F-150s built at the Dearborn Assembly plant as well as the company's Kansas City plant, and covers trucks from the 2015 to 2018 model years.

Most of the affected vehicles are in the USA, though Canada has almost 340,000 and Mexico has about 36,000.

A row of 2015 Ford F-150 pickup trucks parked at a sales lot in Butler, Pa.

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The recall is expected to begin September 24, 2018.

A seat belt pretensioner acts in a split second to tighten the belt and better hold its occupant in place.

The fix is that dealers will remove the insulation from the B-pillar trim and apply heat-resistant tape to the carpet and insulation.

The issue lies with the seat belt pretensioners, which are responsible for holding the belts taut during a collision. The problem was traced to "the potential" for excessive sparks in the pretensioners. On Regular Cab models, dealer will also "modify the back interior panels" to reduce the risk of smoke and fire. Ford's reference number for this recall is 18S27.

The B-pillar is the post that separates a vehicle's front and rear doors. The trucks also compromise Ford's most profitable product line, according to company data.

From July through August, Ford did more tests and found that the sparks could ignite the exhaust gases, and Ford approved a recall on Aug. 24, according to the documents.

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