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2018 Ford F-150 Recalled Over Unexpected Tailgate Opening Issue

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.

Affected vehicles: select 2018 Ford F-150 models built at the Ford Dearborn Truck Plant and Ford Kansas City Assembly Plant.

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:

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Brett's lost track of all the Fords he's owned over the years and how much he's spent modifying them, but his current money pits include an S550 Mustang and 13th gen F-150.

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  1. Roy Chile’s

    Man what is the deal with all the recalls??

  2. Michael Landon Morton

    What happened to ” Quality Job One “. My 2018 F-150 5.0L uses 3 qts. of oil in 5,000 miles. The dealer is doing an oil consumption test. I have to drive 40+ miles for him to check the oil. It used a quart in 1300 miles. They changed the PCV valve and added a quart of oil. Its down another quart in 2000 miles. This is terrible a $43,000 + truck using oil.


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