Ford recalls 1.3 million trucks; doors could open while driving

Alicia Cross
October 19, 2017

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.

Ford dealerships will install water shields and make any repairs that are necessary free of charge to customers. Ford cited a "frozen door latch" or a "bent or kinked actuation cable", which may prevent the vehicle's doors from opening or closing.

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The F-Series pickups are huge profit drivers for Ford and are usually the best-selling vehicles in the U.S. every year. The company initially alerted dealers in 2015 about the issue. The Ford reference number for this recall is 17S33. "When the data indicates a safety recall is needed, we move quickly", she said. Ford estimates the cost of the recall at $267 million. Ford said it continues to expect full-year adjusted earnings in the range of $1.65 to $1.85‍ per share. If a person is able to open and close the door regardless of these conditions, the door may not latch properly and could pop open while driving, "increasing the risk of injury".

In September, Ford sold 82,302 F-Series trucks, up 21.4 percent from a year earlier. Almost a 300,000 difference in vehicles sold between the No. 1 and 2 top-selling spots.

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