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Ford to recall about 2 million vehicles in North America over seat belt issues

Ford Motor Co. said Sept. 6 that it is issuing a recall for about 2 million vehicles in North America, 1,619,112 of them in the U.S., due to problems with the units' driver and front passenger seat belt pretensioners.

The recall involves select F-150 Regular Cab and SuperCrew Cab vehicles of 2015 to 2018 make.

Affected vehicles were produced either at Ford's Dearborn, Mich., plant or at its Kansas City, Mo., facility. The units that were manufactured March 12, 2014-Aug. 23, 2018, at the Michigan facility and Aug. 20, 2014-Aug. 23, 2018, at the Missouri plant are included in the recall.

Ford said the affected seat belt pretensioners can generate excessive sparks while deploying, raising a possibility of gases exhausted inside the cars' B-pillars to ignite and subsequently catch fire.

The carmaker noted that it is aware of 17 reports of smoke- or fire-related incidents in the U.S. and six in Canada but that no accidents or injuries have been reported.

The Detroit-based carmaker said the recall includes 339,884 vehicles in Canada and 36,780 in Mexico.