Ford declares safety recall for 1.3 million trucks across North America
The recall includes late model Ford F-150s and Ford Super Duty vehicles.
Ford Motor Company has issued a safety recall across North America for approximately 1.3 million vehicles. The recall is for particular 2015-17 Ford F-150s and 2017 Ford Super Duty vehicles.
These vehicles include:
- 2015-17 F-150 vehicles built at Dearborn Assembly Plant, March 12 2014 to December 31 2016
- 2015-17 F-150 vehicles built at Kansas City Assembly Plant, August 11 2014 to December 30 2016
- 2017 Super Duty vehicles built at Kentucky Assembly Plant, October 8 2015 to September 1 2016
The free-of-charge recall involves 1,101,107 vehicles in the United States and federalized territories, 222,408 vehicles in Canada and 21,090 vehicles in Mexico. The official Ford reference number for this recall is 17S33.
The auto manufacturer needs to install a water shield over the side door latches of the vehicles. 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.
Ford said that the doors may appear to be closed but the latch may not fully engage the door striker to prevent the possibility of doors opening while driving, thus increasing the risk of injury.
At the time of publishing, Ford was not aware of any accidents or injuries associated with this issue.
The recall is expected to cost the car manufacturer $267 million, to be reported in its fourth-quarter results.
Since last year, Ford has recalled more than 5 million vehicles for a number of door latch related issues, however, the motor company said this new water shield safety fitting was different to previous recalls.
To find out if there are recall notices or field service actions on your vehicle, find your VIN number, located on the driver’s side door jam or between the windshield and the dashboard of your car, and check it on Ford’s website.
Ford is one of the three largest auto sellers in the United States, together with General Motors and Toyota. However, in terms of market capitalization, Tesla is a surging challenger to these established automakers.
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