The recall includes F-250, F-250 and F-450 trucks from 2017 through 2019 model years. Trucks with mechanical tailgate latches are not impacted. There is reportedly the possibility of water getting into the electronic mechanisms, causing a short circuit, at which time the tailgate may open on its own.
There have been no reports of crashes or injuries involving any tailgates opening. Dealerships will fix the problem by modifying the tailgate frame wiring harnesses with jumper pigtails and install a new tailgate handle release switch.
The affected vehicles were built at Kentucky Truck Plant from October 8, 2015, to November 3, 2019.
The recall number is 19S48.
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If that happens, it could be a fire risk and hazardous for drivers and passengers.
Ford announced two separate recalls today, though neither has resulted in any known injuries.
This action affects up to 231,664 vehicles in the United States and federalized territories, 29,953 in Canada.
The vehicles were built at Ford's Chicago plant between mid-January and July 17, 2019. If the convolute does not cover the full length of the fuel line, dealers will remove the existing cover and replace it with one that is the correct length. It will then be secured with a tie strap.