Tailgate Issue Affecting Ford Trucks Leads To Consumer Recall

Ford “is recalling nearly 262,000 heavy-duty pickup trucks in the U.S. and Canada because the tailgates can open unexpectedly.” The recall affects certain F-250, F-350, and F-450 pickups from the 2017-2019 model years, all of which “have electric tailgate latch release switches in the tailgate handle” that Ford says can let in water, which can then short the electrical wiring, releasing the latch. These are trucks with manual latches not mechanical latches.

Dealers will fix the tailgate frame wiring harnesses for consumers and install a new tailgate handle release switch. Owners will be notified by mail during the middle of January to take their vehicles in.

The company says it has no reports of truck crashes or injuries… yet.

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