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September 7, 2018

On September 6, 2018, Ford issued a recall for its F—150 Regular Cab and SuperCrew Cab pickup trucks manufactured between 2015 and 2018 due to a risk of fire. The recall involves a problem with front driver and front passenger seatbelt pre-tensioners. The pretensioners in the 2015—-2017 vehicles were manufactured by Takata, which was acquired by Ningbo Joyson Electronic Corp. The pretensioners in the 2018 vehicles were manufactured by ZF Friedrichshafen AG.

The seatbelt pre-tensioner is a device that tightens up any slack in the seatbelt in the event of a crash. Ford has received 17 reports of problems in the United States, and six reports in Canada. When a crash occurs, the pretensioner releases an explosive charge which locks the seat belt in place. The explosive charge may cause an excessive amount of sparking that can cause a fire. The fires have reportedly started in the area of the B-pillars, which is the vertical roof support between the front and rear doors of the vehicle.

The recall involves approximately 1.6 million vehicles in the United States, and 340,000 vehicles in Canada.

This recall is something that all subrogation professionals should make note of. Additional information on the recall can be found here.

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