Seatbelts are some of the most essential parts of a vehicle which is why it’s only natural for automakers to ensure that the safety belts in their models are perfectly functional.
However, it was recently discovered that the seatbelts in some 2019 Ford Ranger models were improperly assembled, increasing the risk of injury in the event of a crash or collision.
Ford announced that it will be recalling a total of 7,580 units of the 2019 Ranger SuperCab in the United States. All affected vehicles were built between June 18, 2018 and June 19, 2019 at the company’s Michigan Assembly Plant in Wayne, Michigan. An additional 400 units in Canada are also affected by the recall.
According to Ford, the issue was caused by a problem on the model’s right front seatbelt. Upon checking, the seatbelts were found to be improperly assembled. Although how improperly assembled they were, the company did not reveal. But as a result, there is a chance for the seatbelts being unable to properly restrain a passenger during a collision, which might further result in injury.
Ford has clarified that its is not aware of any accidents or injuries related to the seatbelt problem. But it already announced that owners of the affected vehicles may bring theirs to dealership where technicians may perform inspections. If necessary, the entire seatbelt assembly may be replaced.
The Ranger recall is Ford’s second wide-scale recall for the mid-size pickup truck this year. The company previously pulled out 2,500 units the model due to rollaway risks caused by a defective transmission shift cable bracket.
But regardless of the recalls, the 2019 Ford Ranger scored top marks in its recent IIHS tests where it scored Good in all crash tests, save for one Acceptable rating in the frontal overlap test.