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Ford recalls nearly 142,000 F-Series trucks over airbag, seat belt concerns
Staff Report | September 15, 2017

red ford truckFord has issued safety recalls for its 2017 F-150, 2015-17 F-150 Crew Cab, 2017 F-250 and F-350 Super Duty Crew Cab trucks.

Ford is issuing a safety recall for approximately 935 2017 Ford F-150 and Mustang vehicles for ARC passenger airbag inflators. Ford was notified by Takata, a supplier that uses the inflators in airbag modules, of an abnormal deployment of ARC’s passenger airbag inflator during testing conducted at Takata’s engineering facility.

In the affected vehicles, the ARC inflator may rupture during a front passenger airbag deployment resulting from a crash, which may result in metal fragments striking vehicle occupants and causing serious injury and death.

Ford is not aware of any accidents or injuries associated with this issue. Affected vehicles include: 2017 Ford F-150 built at Kansas City Assembly Plant, July 20, 2017, to Aug. 1, 2017; 2017 Ford Mustang built at Flat Rock Assembly Plant, July 20, 2017, to Aug. 1, 2017

The recall involves approximately 935 vehicles in North America, including 650 in the United States and federalized territories, 279 in Canada and six in Mexico. The Ford reference number for this recall is 17S26. Dealers will replace passenger airbag modules.

Ford is also issuing a safety compliance recall for approximately 141,000 2015-2017 F-150 Crew Cab and 2017 F-250 and F-350 Super Duty Crew Cab vehicles to inspect and, if necessary, replace the left rear inflatable seat belt assembly.

In the affected vehicles, inadequate rivet head thickness may allow separation of the left rear inflatable seat belt buckle from its mounting bracket during a crash, increasing the risk of injury.

Ford is not aware of any accidents or injuries associated with this issue. Affected vehicles include: 2015-2017 Ford F-150 built at Dearborn Assembly Plant and at Kansas City Assembly Plant, July 20, 2015, to June 16, 2017; 2017 Ford Super Duty built at Kentucky Truck Plant, Oct. 20, 2015, to June 16, 2017.

The recall involves approximately 141,340 vehicles in North America, including 117,423 in the U.S. and federalized territories, 15,715 in Canada and 8,202 in Mexico. The Ford reference number for this recall is 17C12.

Dealers will inspect left rear seat belt buckle assembly rivet head thickness and will replace the seat belt buckle assembly if the rivet is found to be inadequate.

EDITOR’S NOTE: This story was prepared by the staff of Hard Working Trucks, another Randall-Reilly publication.

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