Ford has recalled about 2 million F-150 pickup trucks in North America because a seat belt mechanism has started fires.
The recall was announced Thursday. The company located the issue on the vehicle's seat belt pretensioners, an equipment designed to help secure passengers in the event of an accident or crash by reducing the slack in seat belts. The equipment uses a small device that emits gas which could ignite in some conditions. There were 17 reports of smoke or fire in the U.S. and another six in Canada. Three vehicles were totally destroyed by the fire.
This device generated recall
Some of the faulty parts were built by Takata, the maker of airbags that were the subject of the largest automotive recall in U.S. history. Federal safety regulators opened a preliminary investigation into this issue last month. The recall affects 2015-2018 F-150 Regular Cab and SuperCrew Cab vehicles manufactured at its Dearborn Assembly Plant in Michigan and its Kansas City Assembly Plant in Missouri. "Dealers will remove insulation material from the B-pillar trim, remove remnants of wiring harness tape in the B-pillar area, and apply heat-resistant tape to the carpet and its insulation," Ford's statement said. The repairswill be at no cost to customers but the company will pay about $140 million. Ford's stock value was down more than 0.6 percent by mid-afternoon on Thursday, after announcement.