Ford Recalling 1.3M F-Series Trucks

Action is the second recall in less than a week for the automaker.

by on Oct.18, 2017

Ford is recalling 1.3 million F-Series trucks due to a problem with door latches.

Ford is recalling 1.3 million F-Series trucks in North America to resolve a door-latch problem. The recall involves about 1.1 million pickups in the U.S., 222,408 in Canada and 21,090 in Mexico.

The Dearborn, Michigan-based automaker is recalling certain 2015-17 Ford F-150 pickups and 2017 Super Duty trucks due to frozen door latches or damaged actuation cables that may prevent a door from opening or closing.

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“In affected vehicles, a frozen door latch or a bent or kinked actuation cable may result in a door that will not open or will not close condition,” according to the maker.

“Should a customer be able to open and close the door with these conditions, the door may appear closed, but the latch may not fully engage the door striker with the potential that the door could open while driving, increasing the risk of injury.”

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The automaker plans to add water shields to side door latches. Ford will take a $267 million charge in the fourth quarter to cover the costs of the action.

The 2017 Ford Super Duty is also part of the ongoing door-latch recall.

It’s the company’s second recall in less than a week involving more than 1 million vehicles. The automaker is investigating possible exhaust fume leaks in 1.4 million of its midsize Explorer SUVs, Ford is telling owners it will inspect the vehicles and, if necessary, make free repairs.

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The Explorer came under scrutiny when reports began to surface that some versions of the popular SUV, modified for use by police, may have been experiencing exhaust fume leaks, including deadly carbon monoxide, into the passenger compartment. That briefly led some police departments to pull their Explorers out of use until repairs could be made.

But despite the automaker’s insistence that civilian versions of the SUV “are safe,” there has been growing concern that the issue is more widespread than initially thought. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration currently has an open investigation underway.

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The investigation covers Ford Explorers sold from the 2011 to 2017 model-years, a total of 1.35 million of the utes. The Explorer underwent a major redesign in 2011 and that, experts suggest, could have resulted in the problem.

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