Ford Motor (F) has announced the recall of 2 million F-150 pickup trucks in North America due to fire hazards in seatbelt pretensioners. The recall includes the 2015-18 Ford F-150 Regular Cab and SuperCrew Cab vehicles. Ford said, although incidents of smoke or fire have been reported in the US and Canada, it had no information about accidents or injuries related to this issue.
Ford had to recall other vehicle models too this year due to various issues. This included the Ford Focus and Fusion electric cars, which faced problems with charging cords. Prior to this, the company issued three recalls in North America covering its F-150, Expedition, Navigator, F-650, F-750, Ford Edge, Fusion and Lincoln MKZ vehicles due to problems with brakes and welding.
Ford is not alone in the recall gang. Several leading automakers have recalled vehicles in recent times. Here are a few other recalls announced over the past three months.
On Wednesday, Toyota said it was recalling over 1 million vehicles globally, including the Prius and its plug-in hybrid version as well as the C-HR SUV models, due to an electrical malfunction that could lead to fires.
The majority of the recalled vehicles are in Japan with the remainder in Europe and other countries, while the number of affected vehicles in the US is below 200,000. The recall covers models manufactured between June 2015 and May 2018.
In August, Nissan said it was recalling 166,000 vehicles in the US and Canada due to faults with the ignition switches. The affected vehicles included the Juke, Frontier, Micra, Sentra, Versa and NV models that came out in 2017 and 2018.
The same month, BMW issued a recall for over 400,000 diesel cars in South Korea and Europe over fire hazards from its exhaust gas recirculation module. The recall covered several of its models including the 3 Series, 5 Series, X3 and X4.
Fiat Chrysler Automobiles
During August, Fiat recalled more than 12,000 of its vehicles, including its Dodge, Chrysler, Jeep, Ram and Fiat models, made between November 2017 and May 2018 due to a defect in its powertrain controller that prevented the vehicles from starting.
In July, the Daimler subsidiary recalled 20 of its Mercedes-AMG G65 2017 models due to concerns that it might roll over when reversed at high speeds. The unusual issue was apparently the result of problems in the software.
In June, Porsche, a subsidiary of Volkswagen, decided to recall over 700 of its Panamera models made in 2017 and 2018 due to quality issues associated with its rear-axle anti-roll bar.
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