Ford Motor Company has announced it is issuing a safety compliance recall involving as much as 26,400 F-650 and F-750 vehicles. The company believes that the affected vehicles have been fitted with seat belts that may not be anchored in the correct position, relative to the seat. This means that passengers may be at greater risk to sustain injuries in the event of a crash. Furthermore, the affected seatbelts include those in the front passenger seat and center seat. Nonetheless, there have been no injuries reported with regard to the affected vehicles’ seatbelt issue so far.
All affected F-650 and F-750 vehicles were built at the Escobedo Assembly Plant. According to the Safety Recall Report, a routine package study being conducted for the 2016 model year development work back in July 2015 by Ford’s Critical Concern Review Group (CCRG) alerted the company to the problem. Model years affected by the recall include 2011 to 2013 as well as 2015 for both trucks. Moreover, these affected trucks were manufactured between February 14, 2011 and April 28, 2015.
Ford plans to notify owners and dealers of the seatbelt issue soon. An interim notice is expected to be mailed on September 21. Meanwhile, once the company’s remedy plan has been finalized and the repair parts are available, Ford also plans to send a second notice to via mail owners and dealers. The company shall be correcting the seatbelt anchoring locations, free of charge.
As much as 25,941 of the affected F-650 and F-750 trucks are in the United States and federalized territories. Meanwhile, about 417 of the affected vehicles are in Canada.