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Ford recalls over 230,000 Pickups because Tailgate May Open Unexpectedly

National Highway Traffic Safety Administration - NHTSAWashington, D.C. – The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) reports that the Ford Motor Company (Ford) is recalling certain 2017-2019 Super Duty F-250, F-350, and F-450 trucks equipped with an electric tailgate latch release switch mounted in the tailgate handle.

Water may enter the electrical wiring system and cause a short circuit, activating the switch and releasing the tailgate latches.

2017-2019 Super Duty F-250, F-350, and F-450 trucks could have an unintended tailgate opening that may allow unrestrained cargo to fall out of the truck bed and become a road hazard, increasing the risk of a crash.
2017-2019 Super Duty F-250, F-350, and F-450 trucks could have an unintended tailgate opening that may allow unrestrained cargo to fall out of the truck bed and become a road hazard, increasing the risk of a crash.

Recall Information

Manufacturer: Ford Motor Company

NHTSA Campaign Number: 19V864000
Components: Latches/Locks/Linkages
Potential Number of Units Affected: 231,664

Make Model Year
Ford F-250 SD 2017-2019
Ford F-350 SD 2017-2019
Ford F-450 SD 2017-2019

Summary

Ford Motor Company (Ford) is recalling certain 2017-2019 Super Duty F-250, F-350, and F-450 trucks equipped with an electric tailgate latch release switch mounted in the tailgate handle. Water may enter the electrical wiring system and cause a short circuit, activating the switch and releasing the tailgate latches.

Remedy

Ford will notify owners, and dealers will modify the tailgate/frame wiring harnesses by adding jumper pigtails to isolate the tailgate release control circuits and will install a new tailgate handle release switch, free of charge. The recall is expected to begin January 20th, 2020. Owners may contact Ford customer service at 1.866.436.7332. Ford’s number for this recall is 19S48.

Notes

Owners may also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1.888.327.4236 (TTY 1.800.424.9153), or go to www.safercar.gov

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