Ford Motor Company is recalling select 2018 Ford F-150 models with manual and power release tailgates due to an unexpected tailgate opening issue.
The defect: in affected vehicles, tailgate latches may unlatch unexpectedly while driving.
The hazards: an unexpected tailgate opening may allow unrestrained cargo to fall out of the truck bed and become a road hazard, increasing the risk of a crash.
Ford is not aware of any reports of accidents or injuries related to this condition.
Components: tailgate latch.
Number of vehicles affected: 57,591
The fix: dealers will replace the left-hand and right-hand tailgate latches, free of charge.
Owners should: wait for communications from Ford, which will begin on January 31st, 2022. The Ford reference number for this recall is 21S53.
- Ford Customer Service: 1-866-436-7332
- FoMoCo Recall Number: 21S49
- NHTSA Toll-Free: 1-888-327-4236
- NHTSA (TTY): 1-800-424-9153
- NHTSA Website: www.safecar.gov
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