Ford Motor company made a recall of 547,538 vehicles under its Super Duty brand in three countries. According to the automaker, there is risk of carpet catching fire after a crash.
Ford is the second largest automaker in the United States and F-Series trucks are best selling in the country. The reason for the recall is risk of fire after a crash and it affects certain models of Super Duty pick-up trucks from 2017 to 2019. The reference number for this recall is 19S52.
According to the details, a seat belt pretensioner that triggers during a crash could generate excessive sparks and ignite the truck’s interior on fire. The purpose of pretensioner and load limiter is to reduce the looseness of seatbelt at the moment of the crash, this tightens the seatbelt and restrains the passengers instantly, limiting the forward jerk in a frontal crash.
As per the statement, 490,574 vehicles have been recalled in the United States, 56,122 in Canada, and just 852 in Mexico. F-Series is the top selling truck in both US and Canada. The vehicles affected by this recall were assembled in Ford’s Kentucky plant between October 8, 2015 and October 29, 2019.
There have been 17 reports of smoke or fire in the U.S. and six in Canada related to this recall where the interior of the truck ignited after the crash, but fortunately no accidents or injuries have been caused by this issue.
People affected by this recall should head to the local dealership on an urgent basis. They will put foil tape on carpet and its insulation, and change a part of sound dampener for protection against potential fire.
Just a few months ago, Ford made a recall of over one million Explorer SUVs due to potential suspension failure issues. The recall affected models from 2011 to 2017. As per the details, the toe link in the suspension could crack and decrease the steering control.