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Ford Recalls Over 500,000 Pickup Trucks for Post-Crash Fire Risk

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More than half a million units of Ford’s Super Duty pickup trucks are being recalled by the company across the United States, Canada, and Mexico due to risks of post-crash interior fire.

A list of the affected vehicles breaks it down to 490,574 trucks in the United States and federal territories, 56,112 units in Canada, and 852 more vehicles in Mexico for a total of 547,538 trucks.

In a statement, Ford said the recall covers certain truck models between the 2017 and 2019 model years, particularly those with carpet flooring that could catch fire post-crash.

Two weeks earlier, the Blue Oval also issued a recall on Super Duty pickup trucks with problematic tailgates that would open without warning.

Ford said the problem identifies a front seat belt pretensioner that deploys during a crash as having the potential to generate excessive sparks and ignite a fire.

The company also confirmed one fire incident related to the issue in the United States but clarified that it is not aware of any other accidents or injuries that may be related.

The vehicles affected by the recall were built in Ford’s truck plant in Kentucky between October 8, 2015 and October 29, 2019.

Two weeks earlier, the Blue Oval also issued a recall on Super Duty pickup trucks with problematic tailgates that would open without warning. Similarly, the company recalled two million vehicles in 2018 over defective seatbelt pretensioners.

For the recent recall, Ford advises owners of the trucks in question to bring their vehicles to their local dealership. Dealership personnel is instructed to add foil tape to the carpet and carpet insulation, as well as replace parts of the sound deadening on the back of the B-pillar trim panel. All these will be done at no cost to customers.

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