Ford recalls 1.3 million trucks; doors could open while driving


Ford Motor Co. announced the recall of 1.3 million 2015-2017 F-150 and 2017 Super Duty trucks in North America due to correct an issue with the door latch.

Ford estimates that repairs will cost $267 million. Thankfully, Ford hasn't heard of any related accidents or injuries so far.

A frozen latch found in these vehicles may cause doors to not open or close correctly. "Should a customer be able to open and close the door with these conditions, the door may appear closed, but the latch may not fully engage the door striker with the potential that the door could open while driving, increasing the risk of injury", the release said.

The Fix: Dealers will install water shields over the door latches to prevent water from seeping inside for free.

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Of the 1,344,605 vehicles affected in North America, just over 1.1 million are in the United States, with 222,408 located in Canada and another 21,000 in Mexico.

Affected vehicles include certain 2015-17 Ford F-150 and 2017 Ford Super Duty trucks. Ford sold 820,000 of the F-series trucks in the US a year ago. The Limited trim has been available on the light-duty F-150 since 2015 and will now be offered on F-250, F-350 and F-450 pickups.

Weigandt said Ford's decision to issue a recall is driven by data.

Ford shares fell 0.7 percent to $12.19 in late trading Wednesday.