Ford issued the recall after it found that door latches on affected models could freeze or actuation cables could become bent, preventing the door from opening or closing, according to USA Today. Dealers are to install water shields and make repairs, if needed, for free.
Affected vehicles include:
- 2015-17 F-150 vehicles built at Dearborn Assembly Plant, March 12, 2014 to Dec. 31, 2016
- 2015-17 F-150 vehicles built at Kansas City Assembly Plant, Aug. 11, 2014 to Dec. 30, 2016
- 2017 Super Duty vehicles built at Kentucky Assembly Plant, Oct. 8, 2015 to Sept. 1, 2016
“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 condition,” Ford said in a press release. “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 action involves about 1.1 million vehicles in the U.S., more than 222,000 trucks in Canada, and 21,000 trucks in Mexico.
Customers who purchased recalled trucks will be notified by letter beginning the week of Nov. 13.
Ford says it is not aware of any incidents or injuries associated with the recall, as of Thursday.
The company filed paperwork with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) stating it would take a $267 million charge in fourth-quarter earnings in order to deal with the recall.
Source: Detroit Free Press