Ford Recalls 1.6 Million Popular Trucks; May Catch Fire After Crash

A component in the seat belt system can ignite insulation and carpeting materials

Ford Recalls 1.6 Million Popular Trucks; May Catch Fire After Crash
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September 5, 2018

Ford Motor Company (Ford) is recalling more than 1.6 million Ford F-150 Regular Cab and SuperCrew Cab vehicles in the 2015-2018 model year that can catch fire.

What's the problem?

Ford started to receive notifications of fires in these vehicles beginning around April 2017. Testing of additional vehicles in which fires occurred determined the problem was related to the front seat belt pretensioner, which tightens the seat belt in the event of a crash, located in the B-pillar area. Ford representatives observed interaction between pretensioner deployment sparks and exhaust gases, resulting in momentary combustion. If a front seat belt pretensioner deploys, the sparks may ignite materials, such as carpeting or insulation, resulting in a vehicle fire.

To date, there have been 17 reports of smoke or fire.

What happens next?

Owners will be notified by mail and instructed to take their vehicle to a Ford or Lincoln dealer to have insulation material removed from the B-pillar trim, modify the back interior panel (Regular Cab only), remove remnants of wiring harness tape in the B-pillar area, and apply heat resistant tape to the carpet and its insulation. There will be no charge for this service.

This problem affects vehicles manufacturer from March 12, 2014 and August 23, 2018. Vehicles produced after August 23, 2018 already have these modifications.

The recall is expected to begin September 24, 2018. Owners may contact Ford customer service at (866) 436-7332. Ford's number for this recall is 18S27.