Ford Recalls 2 Million F-150 Trucks Because The Seatbelt Might Light You and the Truck On Fire

Not good. Not good at all.

If you listen closely, you can almost hear the Chevy fans laughing with this latest news. Ford is recalling about 2 million of its crazy popular F-150 trucks because of a seatbelt problem that could result in smoke, and possibly even a fire, inside the vehicle according to NBC News.

The problem involves a device known as a pretensioner, which uses a small, pyrotechnic charge, much like those found in airbags. But, in this case, they are designed to cinch a passenger’s seatbelt tight when a crash is detected to reduce the risk of injury or death.

The seatbelt pretensioner system used on some F-150 models “can generate excessive sparks when they deploy.”

But wait, it gets worse.

Gases created by the pretensioner “may ignite,” Ford said. “If this gas ignites, components behind the B-pillar, such as insulation and carpet may subsequently catch fire.”

That’s not supposed to happen…

The vehicles involved in the recall include those 2015 to 2018 model-year pickups produced at Ford’s Dearborn, Michigan, plant from March 12, 2014, to Aug. 23, 2018, as well as those assembled at a plant in Kansas City from Aug. 20, 2014, to Aug. 23, 2018.

Ford will send out a recall notice to owners in the coming weeks and will make repairs at no charge.

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