Ford Recalls 265,000 Trucks, SUVs in 2 Separate Actions

Darnell Taylor
December 8, 2019

Of the lot, 231,664 trucks are in the USA, and 29,953 are in Canada.

Ford Motor Co. announced that it is recalling F-250, F-350, and F-450 Super Duty pickup trucks that were produced between 2017 and 2019.

In the affected trucks, the electric tailgate latch-release switch is mounted in the tailgate handle. This can cause water to reach the electrical wiring system, resulting in a short circuit and activation of the switch, releasing the tailgate latches. The automaker has not received any reports of injuries or accidents related to the tailgate issue. All the trucks have electric tailgate latch release switches in the tailgate handle. The vehicles were built at Ford's Kentucky Truck Plant between October 2015 and November 2019.

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Ford's action is a voluntary safety recall, although the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration opened an investigation into this issue. With engine vibration and roll, over time, hard contact between the fuel lines could cause the convolute on the vapor line to rube through the plastic liquid fuel line. If this condition occurs, a fuel leak could happen which would increase the risk of a fire. Only 35 of those SUVs are in Canada, and the rest are in the United States.

Dealers will inspect vehicles to determine whether the sleeve is the proper length and replace any that are not. And, in another recall, Lincoln has recalled the MKX, the predecessor to the Aviator for a battery cable problem. If it's too short, owners will get one the correct length with a securing tie strap at no charge.

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