The latest auto recall to hit the news involves Ford pickup trucks with seat belt issues that could trigger fires.
You heard that right: Your Ford truck could go up in flames.
This is a serious recall campaign that impacts 2 million vehicles in the United States. And what’s more concerning, the vehicles in question are some of the most popular models in the country.
The recall followed an investigation by the U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. Regulators learned that five consumers experienced fires due to an air bag defect. Three of the fires engulfed and then destroyed the vehicles.
Despite receiving other 23 reports involving smoke or fire, the company said that no injuries occurred. Still, vehicle owners should keep in mind that these incidents occurred and that others could experience similar fires.
The issue is tied to the front seat belt pretensioners, which could generate excessive sparks when they deploy in a crash.
If there are sparks, the gases exhausted inside the B-pillar within the pretensioners may end up catching fire.
Models that could experience the fire-related problem include the 2015 through 2018 Ford F-150. These vehicles have a production date from the period between march 12, 2014 and Aug. 23, 2018 as well as Aug. 20, 2014, and Aug. 23, 2018.
Fire-Related Recalls Are Dangerous: Are You Paying Attention?
This recall impacts nearly 2 million cars, meaning that drivers across the country are in danger of experiencing a fiery accident in the future. Unfortunately, many of these drivers aren’t promptly alerted because they might not receive mail notifications regarding the recalls.
That’s why it’s important for drivers to stay on top of auto recall news, so they are aware of the risks if a recall impacting their car comes up.
If you would like to learn more about this recall, follow this link for more information.