Ford recalling 1.3 million F-series pickups

Ford recalling 1.3 million F-series pickups

In the US, approximately 1,101,107 trucks are affected, with 222,408 more in Canada and an additional 21,090 in Mexico. The Super Duty was also resigned for 2017 for the first time in two decades.

Ford Motor Co. issued a recall of 1.3 million trucks in North America Wednesday after discovering the vehicle doors may suddenly swing open while driving.

The Dearborn, Mich. -based automaker said that dealers would install water shields over the door latches and inspect and fix door latch actuation cables at no cost to the customer. Ford testing shows that the faulty latches are failing after exposure to water, which could cause the door to open randomly.

The company in November 2016 sent a bulletin to dealers that warned some 2015-2017 Ford F-150 trucks could have inoperative latches during freezing temperatures.

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The affected models include some of the model year 2015, 2016 and 2017 F-150's, as well as some 2017 Super Duty pickups.

"Should a customer be able to open and close the door with these conditions, the door may appear closed", Ford wrote in its recall, "but the latch may not fully engage with the door striker with the potential that the door could open while driving".

Ford estimates it will cost $267 million to make the repairs. The Ford reference number for this recall is 17S33.

Ford has now recalled more than 5 million vehicles for varying door latch-related issues since 2016, but the company said the issue in the new recall is different from prior ones.

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