2017-19 Ford Super Duty trucks recalled for tailgates that could open

Daniel Fowler
December 8, 2019

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

Ford has issued two safety recalls that total more than a-quarter-million Ford F-Series Super Duty models plus 2020 Ford Escape/Lincoln Aviator SUVs.

In the affected trucks, the electric tailgate latch-release switch is mounted in the tailgate handle.

The automaker says that water can enter the electrical wiring, causing a short that results in switch activation that opens the tailgate latch.

According to the report, Ford Motor Company said it has no reports of crashes or injuries, and the trucks with mechanical tailgate latches are not affected.

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Ford said owners will need to take their F-Series Super Duty rigs to a dealer, where a modification will be made to the tailgate wiring harnesses. A technician will also install a release switch.

In other news, the 2020 Ford Explorer and Lincoln Aviator are being recalled - again. Over time, vibration and engine roll the contact could cause a fuel leak, increasing the risk of a fire.

To fix the issue, Ford dealers will inspect the SUVs' full-length, yellow-colored protective convolute on the liquid fuel line. Ford said it's not aware of any injuries or fires related to this problem, however.

Dealers will inspect vehicles to determine whether the sleeve is the proper length and replace any that are not. The recall reference number for the Aviators and Explorers is 19S49. It will then be secured with a tie strap.

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