Ford Recalls F-650 & F-750 Over Seatbelt Anchorings
The massive F-650 and F-750 medium duty trucks from Ford might not be the first vehicles that come to mind when thinking of safety compliances, but that’s just the case with roughly 26,400 F-Series trucks built between 2011 and 2015. According to Ford, the front right passenger and center passenger seat belt anchors may not be attached in the proper position, which could potentially lead to an increased risk of injury during a crash.
The safety compliance violation has to do with FMVSS 210, the code for seat belt anchorings in school buses, commercial trucks, and similar vehicles. In Ford’s case, the seat belt anchors might not be positioned correctly in relation to the seat bottom.
Thankfully there are no known injuries from the seat belts, but Ford isn’t taking the chance. The seat belt mounting points will be corrected, though Ford admits it is still working on the solution. The solution will have to include variances for the many cab and seat configurations offered on the medium-duty trucks.
The affected trucks were built at the Escobedo Assembly plant and include the 2011, 2012, 2013, and 2015 model years. Some 417 models are estimated to be in Canada with the remaining 25,941 trucks in the U.S. and its territories.
Ford will be contacting owners of the affected trucks, letting them know how they can participate in the recall. Like all such safety recalls, the service will be done without cost to the customer.
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Why it matters
Regardless of the F-650 and F-750’s common home being fleets and businesses, safety is still a huge concern. Ensuring the seat belts are securely and properly fastened is a top priority considering seat belts help save lives. What’s worse, however, is if an improperly mounted seat belt does more harm than good. Hopefully Ford can get a better mounting solution figured out before someone actually does get hurt.
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