1.3M Ford F-Series Pickups Recalled Over Faulty Door Latches

Javier Howell
October 19, 2017

The latch could open while the truck is moving, and/or prevent the driver from opening the door as needed.

The recall affects Ford's F-Series pickups. Ford testing shows that the faulty latches are failing after exposure to water, which could cause the door to open randomly.

Ford is recalling about 1.3 million 2015-17 F-150 and 2017 Super Duty vehicles in North America because of potential door problems.

Dealers can fix the issue by installing water shields over the door latches and repairing the door latch actuation cables, at no cost to the customer.

The automaker said it will notify customers by letter the week of November 13 to let them know if their trucks are part of the recall.

Ford's F-150 pickup truck is one of the country's most popular vehicles and a perennial best-seller.

Weigandt said Ford's decision to issue a recall is driven by data. If a person is able to open and close the door regardless of these conditions, the door may not latch properly and could pop open while driving, "increasing the risk of injury".

According to a report filed with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, Ford expects that repairs for the trucks will cost around $267 million.

Ford Motor Company is issuing a safety recall in North America. Ford sold 820,000 of the F-series trucks in the US previous year.

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