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Ford is recalling more than half a million 2017 to 2019 model-year Super Duty trucks because of concerns that seat belt pretensioners, when deployed to tighten belts amid a collision, could lead to a fire.
Ford says that, in affected vehicles, excessive sparks could be generated when a front seat belt pretensioner deploys during a crash, which could cause the carpet or carpet insulation in the area of the side roof pillar (commonly called the B-pillar) to catch fire. If this happens, the fire could spread further in the vehicle, increasing the risk of injury.
There has been one report of a fire related to this problem in the U.S., according to Ford, but the company says it is unaware of any accidents or injuries related to or caused by this condition.
This recall affects certain F-250, F-350, F-450, and F-550 SuperCrew (Ford’s term for a cab with four full-sized doors) trucks with carpet flooring built at the Kentucky Truck Plant from Oct. 8, 2015, to Oct. 29, 2019.
Vehicles recalled: 490,574 Ford Super Duty SuperCrew trucks with carpet flooring from model years 2017 to 2019 in the U.S., plus 56,112 in Canada and 852 in Mexico.
The problem: There is a risk of excessive sparks when the front seat belt pretensioners deploy, which could ignite the carpet or carpet insulation.
The fix: Dealers will apply foil tape to the carpet and carpet insulation and modify the sound deadener on the back side of the B-pillar trim panel, at no charge.
How to contact the manufacturer: Owners may contact Ford customer service at 800-392-3673.
NHTSA campaign number: The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has not yet given a number to this recall. Ford’s reference number for this recall is 19S52.
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