Roughly 1.34 million Ford trucks are being recalled by Ford Motor Co. due to a door latch problem, but it’s not the same one as previously reported in other recalls.
The No. 2 U.S. automaker says the company’s 2015 to 2017 Ford F-150 pickup trucks and 2017 Ford Super Duty trucks sold in North America will spend about $267 million to attach water shields to the vehicle’s side door latches to prevent water from seeping into them.
The safety recall was prompted when car owners reported frozen door latches and bent or kinked actuation cables in these vehicles. As a result, they could not open or close the doors on their vehicles.
Dealerships will be making repairs to the vehicles such as placing a shield over the door latches and repairing defective latch cables as necessary. The issue was first discovered in 2015 and warnings were sent out to dealers about the potential problem, but it soon was elevated to being a safety issue and prompted a full recall. There are no known accidents or injuries due to this issue, but there is a risk of injury if a door opened while driving.
Ford has already recalled about 5 million vehicles in six separate recalls since 2014 for other door latch-related problems, however, this issue is completely different.
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