Giant Ford F-Series Truck Recall to Cost $267 Million

Posted October 19, 2017

Ford is recalling 1.3 million F-150 and Super Duty trucks because of an issue that could allow a door to open while driving in certain conditions.

Ford Motor Co. issued a recall of 1.3 million trucks in North America Wednesday after discovering the vehicle doors may suddenly swing open while driving.

The Associated Press reports that a frozen door latch or bent cable in the affected vehicles could cause the door not to open or close. Affected trucks are 1.1 million in the United States, more than 222,000 in Canada and 21,000 trucks in Mexico.

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The recall of the trucks, Ford's best-selling and most profitable model line, is so big that the company made a filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission informing investors that it will have an expense of $267 million, which will be reflected the company's fourth quarter 2017 financial results.

Ford dealers will install water shields over door latches and inspect and fix actuation cables if necessary at no cost to customers.

The company in November 2016 sent a bulletin to dealers that warned some 2015-2017 Ford F-150 trucks could have inoperative latches during freezing temperatures.

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The auto company says they have not heard of any injuries due to this issue.

Also included in the recall are some 2017 super duty pickups.

Following the typical pattern for recalls, notices will be sent out to owners, who will then be able to go to Ford dealerships to have the problem fixed.

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