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F-Series Super Duty Trucks Recalled For Unintended Tailgate Opening

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The Ford F-Series Super Duty trucks recalled by the automaker include select 2017-2019 Ford F-250, F-350, and F-450 models. The Ford F-Series Super Duty trucks recalled in that date range have an issue where the tailgate can open unintentionally. This isn’t the first Super Duty truck recall that has happened recently for issues with the LED headlights.

The defect: certain trucks covered in the recall have a tailgate latch-release switch mounted in the tailgate handle that could allow water to enter into the wiring, causing a short, possibly lead to the unintended opening of the tailgate. Vehicles in the covered range with manual release handles are not covered in the recall.

The hazards: a short-circuited tailgate release switch could lead to the tailgate opening unintentionally and the possibility of unsecured cargo falling out of the truck and an increased risk of a crash.

Affected vehicles: affected vehicles include 2017-2019 Ford F-250, F-350, and F-450 trucks that were all built at the Kentucky Truck Plant from October 8th, 2015 through November 3rd, 2019.

Number of vehicles affected: the recall covers 231,664 vehicles in the U.S. and federal territories and 29,953 in Canada.

The fix: dealers will modify the tailgate frame wiring harness by adding jumper pigtails to isolate the tailgate release control circuits and install a new tailgate handle release switch.

Owners should: contact their local Ford dealer.

Contacts:

  • Ford Customer Service: 1-866-436-7332
  • FoMoCo Recall Number: 19S48
  • NHTSA Toll Free: 1-888-327-4236
  • NHTSA (TTY): 1-800-424-9153
  • NHTSA Website: www.safercar.gov

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