Ford recalls nearly 262K big pickups; tailgates can open unexpectedly

Truck tailgates may open unexpectedly

Ford recalling thousands of trucks

Ford Motor Co. announced a recall on Friday of 231,664 heavy-duty pickup trucks to check for unintended opening of tailgates caused by a faulty latch release.

The first recall, which deals with a tailgate malfunction, affects 261,617 examples of 2017-2019 F-250, F-350, and F-450 Super Duty pickups.

Trucks with mechanical latches are fine. There is reportedly the possibility of water getting into the electronic mechanisms, causing a short circuit, at which time the tailgate may open on its own.

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According to Ford, there have been no reports of crashes or injuries relating to this condition.

"Dealers will modify the tailgate frame wiring harnesses by adding jumper pigtails to isolate the tailgate release control circuits and install a new tailgate handle release switch", read the notice. Ford built the SUVs at the Kentucky Truck Plant from October 8, 2015, to November 3, 2019.

Ford's action is a voluntary safety recall, although the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration opened an investigation into this issue.

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The second, which anticipates the possibility of a fuel leak, affects 3,893 units of 2020 Explorer and 2020 Lincoln Aviator SUVs with 3.0-liter engines.

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The vehicles were built at Ford's Chicago plant between mid-January and July 17, 2019. Dealers will fix the problem by replacing the defective convolute with a full-length piece and tying it down with a strap.

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