Tailgate Issues Lead to Recall of Almost 30,000 Ford Super Duty Trucks

December 9, 2019

Ford has issued a recall affecting about 30,000 Super Duty trucks in Canada because of a problem with the tailgate.

Date of recall: December 6, 2019

Vehicles affected

This recall is specific to 2017-19 Ford Super Duty trucks, of which 29,953 are affected in Canada, plus another 231,664 trucks in the United States. 

What’s the problem?

The affected trucks may have a short circuit that causes the tailgate to open accidentally. Water could seep into the wiring for the electric tailgate latch-release switch on the tailgate handle. When exposed to water, the wiring could short circuit and cause the switch to release the tailgate latch. 

The danger is that cargo sitting in the cargo bed could slide and fall out, creating a potential safety hazard on the road. 

Ford hasn’t reported any accidents or injuries related to the defect. 

What’s the fix?

 Dealers will be able to fix the issue by using jumper pigtails to modify the tailgate frame wiring harnesses and then install a new tailgate handle release switch.

What do you do?

Ford will notify affected owners by mail with instructions on taking their vehicle to a dealer for repair. 

Enter your VIN at this link to learn more about this recall and find out if there are other Service Actions related to your vehicle. 

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