The United States safety regulars are spreading the word about a major recall impacting millions of people. The latest recall involves seatbelts sparking and causing fires. There have been several reports of these instances happening.
Safety officials for the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration are urging customers to check their vehicles and if there are any questions, they should call their local dealer. Also, be sure to inform your family and friends if they own these vehicles.
NHTSA began investigating this issue back in early August when reports of smoke and fires were happening inside these vehicles. In August, there were five reports of smoke or fires, including three reports that the vehicles were destroyed.
At this time, there are 23 reports of smoke or fires caused by the seatbelt in the United States and Canada, according to safety officials.
“The truck went up in complete flames in a matter of minutes and is a complete loss,” one owner wrote in a complaint which was filed with the U.S. government.
On July 7, a deer ran into the driver's side. The side airbag inflated, but after five to ten minutes, the passenger noticed a fire at the bottom of a post between the front and rear doors where the seatbelts were located.
People who file any complaint with the NHTSA are not identified in the database. This recall will cost the company about $140 million which will be counted in the third-quarter results.
Ford is recalling approximately 2 million of their best-selling pickup trucks in North America. The vehicles subject to this recall are 2015 through 2018 F-150 pickups.
"According to Ford, seat belt pre-tensioners can generate excessive sparks when they tighten before a crash. That can ignite gases inside a support pillar between the front and rear seats, causing insulation and carpet to catch fire," reported The Associated Press.
Ford dealers will remove insulation and install a new heat-resistant tape to repair the truck's seatbelts. Also, mechanics will eliminate remnants of wiring tape and adjust interior panels in the Regular Cab pickup trucks. Starting September 24, owners will be notified.
Do you own this vehicle, or know someone who does? Be sure to let them know!