Ford recalls 1.3 million trucks due to correct issue with door latch

Ford Motor Co. Executive Chairman Bill Ford left and Chief Executive Mark Fields stand next to a Ford F-150 truck at the North American International Auto show Monday Jan. 9 2017 in Detroit
Ford is recalling 1.3 million vehicles to fix a problem with doors and waterproofing
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19 October, 2017

The recall involves about 1.1 million vehicles in the us, 222,000 in Canada and 21,000 in Mexico. Ford testing shows that the faulty latches are failing after exposure to water, which could cause the door to open randomly.

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

Dealers can fix the issue by installing water shields over the door latches and repairing the door latch actuation cables, at no cost to the customer. In total, 1,344,605 units are impacted.

Customers will be notified by letter to let them know they are part of the recall beginning the week of November 13. "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. Ford's F-Series line remained the top-selling vehicle in the country in 2016.

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Ford said the cost of the new recall would be reflected in its fourth-quarter results.

What Owners Should Do: Ford did not immediately announce an owner notification schedule. Ford expects this to change its annual adjusted earnings from $1.65 to $1.85 per share.

The problem is a door latch issue that could allow the door to open while the truck is in motion.

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


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