Ford has announced a recall of more than 47,000 Ranger SuperCab pickup trucks due to a potentially dangerous seat belt defect.
The vehicles from the 2019 through 2021 model years have been recalled because the front passenger outboard seatbelt might not have been assembled properly.
According to Consumer Reports, this could lead to the seatbelt being misrouted and failing to secure the passenger in the event of a truck accident.
Details of the Recall
According to documents submitted to the U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), Ford was alerted by NHTSA of a report of a misrouted front passenger seatbelt back in July 2021. The report included a photo showing the belt routed through rubber trim and not the metal anchor. This vehicle was not part of a 2019 safety recall for the same problem.
A total of 47,863 Ford Ranger SuperCab pickup trucks from the 2019-2021 model years are included in this recall. The automaker will provide owners with instructions on how to perform a preliminary inspection of their front seatbelts. Owners who find a problem, who are unsure of the results of the inspection or don’t feel comfortable performing the inspection on their own, should not drive their vehicles.
Instead, they should contact their Ford dealer to set up a time for the vehicle inspection. Dealers will inspect the front outboard seatbelts and replace them if necessary at no cost to consumers. Ford is expected to begin mailing recall notices to consumers beginning Nov. 15. Vehicle owners with questions or concerns may contact customer service at 866-436-7332.
Seatbelt Defects and Liability Issues
Seatbelt defects have the potential to cause catastrophic or even fatal injuries. Some of the most common injuries caused by seatbelt failure include head and neck injuries, chest injuries, and injuries to the arms and legs. Some of these injuries could also result in disabilities. Some of the most common causes of seatbelt failure include the use of defective material, poor design, and errors during manufacturing or assembly.
If you suspect a defective seatbelt or seatbelt failure caused your or your loved one’s injuries, please contact an experienced seatbelt defect lawyer who will be able to utilize expert analysis to establish the facts in your case and hold the at-fault manufacturers fully accountable for their negligence. Injured victims may be able to seek compensation for their injuries, damages, and losses.