Being the best-selling vehicle in the United States has many perks, except when it comes to recalls. Ford Motor Company has announced it will recall around two million F-150’s built for the 2015 to 2018 model years.
Ford says the impacted units may be equipped with front seat belt pre-tensioners which can generate “excessive sparks” when activated. The sparks can react with insulation near the pre-tensioner and cause smoke and fire to occur inside the cabin.
Thus far there are no known reports of injuries affiliated with the situation, but Ford is aware of about 23 occurrences of smoke or fire.
Ford will remedy the problem by having dealerships remove insulation from the B-pillar of crew cab trucks and replace it with fire resistance tape. Regular cab models will require some modified interior trim work to be installed.
The recall impacts 1,995,776 vehicles in North America, with 1,619,112 found in the U.S. All of the impacted trucks were produced at Ford’s Dearborn Assembly Plant or Kansas City Assembly Plant from late 2014 to this year.