Published: Sun, December 08, 2019
Markets | By Otis Pena

Ford recalling trucks with electric tailgates

Ford recalling trucks with electric tailgates

Of the lot, 231,664 trucks are in the US, and 29,953 are in Canada.

The automaker has recalled over 261,000 Ford F-250, F-350, and F-450 Super Duty pickup trucks due to a faulty tailgate. Another 29,953 trucks sold in Canada are also affected.

The report from the Associated Press also indicated that Ford said water can get into the electrical wiring and cause a short circuit, activating the switches and releasing the latches, which could allow loose cargo to fall onto the road. The company noted that no crashes or injuries have been reported related to either recall.

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Distributors will fix the wiring harnesses on the rear door frame and install a new rear door handle release switch. A total of 261,617 trucks in North America are affected by the recall, which were built at Ford's Kentucky Truck Plant from October 8, 2015 to November 3, 2019.

Ford's action is a voluntary safety recall, although the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration opened an investigation into this issue. Because of this condition, it is possible for hard contact with the "convolute-protected" vapor fuel line to occur. Gasoline leaks are never a good thing, and this issue increases the risk of a fire. The action affects 3,858 vehicles in the US and its territories, 35 in Canada, and seven in Mexico.

Dealers will inspect vehicles to determine whether the sleeve is the proper length and replace any that are not. The recalled Explorers and Aviators are all 2020 models. A technician will insert a tie-strap to secure the covering.

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