Ford Motor is calling back almost close to 2 million pickup trucks in order to fix up a defect related to a seat belt that could trigger fires in vehicles. The recall now affects the jewel in the crown of the line-up that Ford carries, the F-150 pickup truck. In the United States, the line of this F-Series happens to be the best-selling vehicle model.
This decision to recall such a massive number of their trucks, comes up after the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration had initiated an investigation into the grave matter in the early half of August after they had received reports of breakout of five fires as a result of the defect, which included three that had engulfed and went on to destroy the vehicle.
The company mentioned that they had identified a minimum of 23 reports related to either smoke or fire but thankfully no injuries or any kind of accident had been connected to the defect.
This recall by Ford covers up the 2015-18 model-year Ford F-150 as well, which was made from 12th March 2014 through the period till 23rd August 2018 in Dearborn, Michigan and from 20th August in 2014 through the period till 23rd August 2018 in Kansas City.
Ford mentioned that the defect is related to the front seatbelt pretentions, which can lead to the generation of excessive sparks when they get deployed for use.
At the time, when sufficient sparks are noticed, gases that get exhausted inside the lower half of the B-pillar by the pretensions might ignite to cause further problems. The company said through a statement that if the gas ignites, components that remain behind the B-pillar like insulation and carpet might well, in a subsequent manner catch fire.
This recall of 2 million trucks is set to cost Ford an amount of around $140 million.
The defect amplifies the troubles for the organization as they intend to prove towards the investors that they have the plan to strengthen their financial prospects.