I wonder if the person who first wrote “Pobody’s Nerfect” did it on purpose, or if it was an accident. I also wonder, if it were an accident, if they were aware of the irony of it all. I wonder about this a lot—like to the point of losing sleep. I guess what I’m trying to say is, people make mistakes. It’s why pencils have erasers (and, there was that short-lived period where they made pens with erasers too, what a mistake that was). Pobody’s nerfect—even the good folks at Ford. I know, I know, I shouldn’t make such inflammatory remarks, but it’s true (and it also keeps me up at night). Thankfully, even when the engineers working in Dearborn—or those salt of the earth folk assembling your vehicle—make a mistake, Ford is on top of it quick with a recall, figuring out a way to rectify the situation.
Case in point, the 2018 F-150 recall. Ford recently recalled about 2 million of their best-selling F-150 pickups due to a faulty seat belt mechanism. The mechanism in question—a seatbelt pretensioner. For those unfamiliar, a pretensioner is a device that reduces slack in the seat belt, by emitting gas, to secure the vehicle’s passengers during an accident. In this instance, the pretensioner was creating excessive sparks when released; this, in concert with the gas released by the mechanism (in addition to its location in the B-pillar, beside insulation and carpet), was the cause behind 17 reported fires in the United States (but none in Canada).
This recall has affected around 1.6 million vehicles in the United States, and about 340,000 in Canada. F-150 Regular Cab and SuperCrew Cabs manufactured at the Dearborn Assembly Plant in Michigan and the Kansas City Assembly Plant in Missouri, from 2015 to 2018, are all subject to this recall. If your vehicle is one of those affected, you can bring it to any Ford dealership where the factory-trained service technicians will remove insulation from the B-pillar, remove any wiring harness tape, and apply a heat-resistant tape to the area. Or, in the case of the Regular Cab F-150s, they’ll modify the rear interior panels to ensure that there is no risk of fire.
Of course these repairs will be done at no cost to the customer, although it’s estimated to cost Ford around $140 million (doubtful it cost the Pobody’s Nerfect guy that much). But, that’s part of the game Ford plays. Millions of vehicles —spanning all makes, models, and manufacturers— are recalled every single year. However, Ford works diligently to avoid these mistakes, and create advanced safety features to ensure that each new vehicle they produce is safer than the one preceding it. This is why your Ford comes with a ton of standard safety features, and available packages like the Co-Pilot360™ safety suite.
After consulting with a doctor, we realized that the things I mentioned above weren’t what was keeping me awake at night. I was drinking a recalled coffee that had been mislabeled as decaf. Such is life. Never worry about whether your Ford has been recalled—if you think your vehicle has been affected by a recall just visit us here and we’ll get back to you with what you need to know, so that you can rest easy.