Ford announces recall of 1.3 million vehicles due to door latch issue

As a result, doors may not open (not good in an emergency situation) or may not fully close, potentially swinging open while the truck is moving (also very bad). The majority of the trucks are in the United States, but some are located in Canada and Mexico as well.

Ford Motor Company has announced a voluntary recall impacting 1.3 million pickup trucks in North America.

Reuters reported that Ford has recalled over 5 million vehicles since 2016 that had issues with door latches - and that a spokeswoman for the company said customers with affected vehicles will hear from the company next month.

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Dealers are to install the water shields and make repairs, if needed, for free.

Ford said on Wednesday it would recall about 1.3 million vehicles in North America to add a water shield to side door latches.

When that happens, a door may appear closed, but the latch might not be engaged, creating the risk that the door could open while driving.

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Customers will be notified by letter to let them know they are part of the recall beginning the week of November 13. The Ford reference number for this recall is 17S33.

Ford's F-150 pickup truck is one of the country's most popular vehicles and a perennial best-seller. Ford sold 820,000 of the F-series trucks in the USA past year.

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