(Ford F-150/Ford)

Ford Motor Company is conducting safety recalls of select 2015-18 Ford F-150 Regular Cab and SuperCrew Cab models due to a risk of fire and smoke due to driver and front passenger seat belt pre-tensioners.

Over 2 million trucks have been recalled in North America, and 339,884 of those are in Canada.

“Ford’s investigation found that some front seat belt pre-tensioners can generate excessive sparks when they deploy,” says the motor company in a press release.

“When sufficient sparks are present, gases exhausted inside the lower portion of the B-pillar by the pre-tensioners may ignite. If this gas ignites, components behind the B-pillar such as insulation and carpet may subsequently catch fire.”

The recall was issued after 17 cases of smoke or fire in the US and 6 in Canada were reported to Ford. No accidents or injuries have been reported, according to the motor company.

Affected vehicles include:

  • 2015-18 Ford F-150 vehicles built at Dearborn Assembly Plant, March 12, 2014, through August 23, 2018
  • 2015-18 Ford F-150 vehicles built at Kansas City Assembly Plant, Aug. 20, 2014, through August 23, 2018

The Ford reference number for this recall is 18S27. The repair will be done free of charge to customers.

This major announcement comes just days after Toyota issued a recall of 7,000+ vehicles in Canada due to a risk of the engine catching fire.

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