Ford recalls big pickups, tailgates can open unexpectedly

Andrew Cummings
December 8, 2019

If water gets in, it could cause a short circuit and the tailgate may open whenever it pleases, whether that's while parked or driving.

The automaker has recalled over 261,000 Ford F-250, F-350, and F-450 Super Duty pickup trucks due to a faulty tailgate.

Ford announced two separate recalls today, though neither has resulted in any known injuries.

US automaker Ford said Friday it will recall almost 262,000 pickup trucks in the United States and Canada because the tailgates can open unexpectedly.

The automaker said water may be able to enter the electrical wiring system that operates the electric tailgate latch-release.

There have been no reports of crashes or injuries involving any tailgates opening.

Dealers will fix the tailgate frame wiring harnesses and install a new tailgate handle release switch.

In the second safety recall, Ford is calling back 3,858 2020 Ford Explorer and Lincoln Aviator vehicles for an issue with the fuel line. The recall reference number for the Aviators and Explorers is 19S49. And, in another recall, Lincoln has recalled the MKX, the predecessor to the Aviator for a battery cable problem. The recall is for a fuel line issue that could increase the risk of fire through leaking fuel. In some of the affected vehicles, a protective sleeve on the fuel line is too short and may allow contact with the vapor fuel line.

The vehicles were built at Ford's Chicago plant between mid-January and July 17, 2019.

Shares of Ford stock were up 1.01% as of 3:44 p.m. EST on Friday.

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