Ford Recalling 1.3 Million Pickups Over Door Issue

2017 Ford Super Duty

Ford issued a safety recall for more than 1.3 million trucks in North America over faulty door latches

The recall is for a faulty driver's side door that may allow the door to open unexpectedly while the vehicle is moving.

The Problem: A frozen door latch or a bent or kinked actuation cable from water seeping into the door latch could prevent the door from fully opening or closing, increasing the risk of injury.

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.

The Dearborn, Mich. -based automaker said that dealers would install water shields over the door latches and inspect and fix door latch actuation cables at no cost to the customer.

The f-150 pickup has been the bestselling vehicle in the country for decades.

Ford estimates it will cost $267 million to make the repairs. The Limited trim has been available on the light-duty F-150 since 2015 and will now be offered on F-250, F-350 and F-450 pickups. Ford sold 820,000 of the F-series trucks in the US a year ago.

The recall comes not long after Ford outlined a plan to cut costs by $14 billion in order to help fund the development of future product - mainly hybrids and EVs.

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

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