You think you have an idea of how many trucks Ford makes? Think again, because it’s hard to wrap your head around it. Just look at this latest recall, for instance.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has announced the recall of 117,423 full-size Ford F-Series pickups. That might be large enough in scope to catch your attention for just about any other vehicle, but we’re dealing with what’s perennially the top-selling vehicle in America. So that hardly amounts to a drop in the bucket.
To put the numbers into perspective, consider that – between the light-duty F-150 and the heavier F-250 and F-350 Super Duty models – Ford sold 820,799 trucks in the United States last year. Last month alone, it sold 77,007 of them, and 69,467 the month before. This recall, then, as sizable as it may seem, represents just one seventh of the trucks it sells each year, only in America. That’s less than two months’ worth of production.
The campaign affects certain F-150 models from 2015 through 2017, along with some 2017 F-250 and F-350 heavy duty trucks – but only those equipped with a crew cab. In those vehicles affected, the buckle assembly for the left rear inflatable seat belt may not have been properly attached to the mounting bracket, so Ford’s going to have to inspect them and re-attach where necessary in a process set to kick off next month.