When it comes to recalls, car manufacturers must employ some of their best and brightest minds to keep their vehicles safely on the road. In its latest recall, Ford engineers took a play straight from the Apollo 13 mission using tape to save the day. The sleuths over at Car and Driver found that Ford’s latest recall involves a short training video and a roll of Premium Foil Duct tape to prevent a possible fire risk in Super Duty trucks.
If you’ve never tried to fix something in your life, then duct tape – the literal kind, not the generically named all-purpose tape that might come to mind – may be a new concept for you. Foil-backed duct tape is employed by the HVAC community to help fasten and insulate air ducting in all temperature-controlled structures. This highly resilient tape is good enough to fix almost anything, including 490,574 Ford Super Duty trucks.
Gallery: Ford Super Duty Recall Solution Is To Use Some Tape On It
Ford’s recall stems from a fire risk attributed to the seat belt pre-tensioners located in the truck’s B-Pillars. These pre-tensioners remove all of the slack in the seatbelt upon a collision and work in conjunction with the front airbags to keep passengers safe. Recent findings show Ford's pre-tensioners produce a large number of sparks that risk setting the truck’s insulation and carpet on fire. This recall is for all F-250 to F-550 trucks built between October 8, 2015, and October 29, 2019.
To combat the risk of fire, Ford dealers will remove the sound insulation around the seat belt pre-tensioner and use the foil-backed duct tape to cover the edge of the truck’s carpet. This carpet is then tucked back under the plastic trim pieces ensuring nobody can see the fix. It's a clever solution to quickly fix almost half a million trucks.
The smart use of foil-backed duct tape to prevent fires is something we can all relate to. It’s an elegantly simple solution that gets the job done.