Ford issued a safety recall for over 260,000 Ford F-250, F-350, and F-450 Super Duty vehicles for unintended tailgate openings.
Ford said that in select 2017-19 vehicles with an electric tailgate latch-release switch mounted in the tailgate handle, water entering the electrical wiring system may cause a short circuit, resulting in unintended switch activation and release of the tailgate latches.
This could cause the tailgate to open unintentionally, whether the vehicle is in motion or stationary. The faulty tailgates may result in the loss of unrestrained cargo, increasing the risk of a crash.
Ford pickup trucks with a mechanical tailgate release handle are not affected.
Ford is not aware of any reports of accidents or injuries related to the faulty tailgates.
The recall affects 231,664 pickup trucks in the U.S. and federal territories and 29,953 in Canada.
The affected vehicles were built at Kentucky Truck Plant from Oct. 8, 2015, to Nov. 3, 2019.
Ford dealers will modify the tailgate frame wiring harnesses by adding jumper pigtails to isolate the tailgate release control circuits and install a new tailgate handle release switch.
The Ford reference number for this recall is 19S48.
Ford pickup truck owners can lookup recalls for their vehicle on Ford’s recall website page.