Ford Motor Company is recalling more than a half million Ford Super Duty SuperCrew vehicles manufactured from 2017 to 2019 due to the risk post-crash fires. The recall will affect 490,574 vehicles in the U.S. and U.S. territories, 56,112 in Canada and 852 in Mexico.
All affected pickups were made at Ford’s Kentucky Truck Plant. The recall was initiated because there is the possibility that during a crash, excessive sparks may be emitted from the seat-belt pretensioner and ignite the carpet or carpet insulation in the B-pillar region. A fire in the B-pillar can spread within the vehicle and pose a risk of injury to occupants.
This is the third safety recall Ford has issued in the past two months. In November, the company recalled more than 165,000 2019-2020 Ford F-150 vehicles for an unsecure positive battery-terminal fastener that could lead to intermittent or inoperative vehicle systems, which could affect instrument panel displays, braking or steering assist, or cause the engine to stall. This problem could also create a resistive short, increasing the risk for smoke, melting or fire. Affected vehicles were manufactured at the company’s Kansas City Assembly Plant.
Ford also recalled more than 60,000 2016-2017 Lincoln MKX vehicles with 3.7-liter engines due to the possibility of a substandard battery cable harness that may wear through the insulation of the cable and cause the cable shorting to ground, increasing the risk of overheated or melted wiring and fire. These vehicles were manufactured at Ford’s Oakville Assembly Plant.
Also in November, Ford issued a safety compliance recall for about 100,000 2018-2019 Ford F-Series Super Duty vehicles due to an issue with the LED headlamps. Those vehicles were manufactured at the Kentucky Truck Plant.
For more information about this latest recall, or other issues of serious injuries related to auto products liability, contact Cole Portis, Head of the firm’s Personal Injury & Products Liability Section, or Chris Glover, Managing Attorney in the firm’s Atlanta office.