Giant Ford F-Series Truck Recall to Cost $267 Million

2017 Ford F-150

2017 Ford F-150

According to the recall from Ford, a frozen door latch or bent or kinked actuation in the affected trucks is causing the issue.

Ford Motor Co. issued a recall of 1.3 million trucks in North America Wednesday after discovering the vehicle doors may suddenly swing open while driving.

Ford filed paperwork with the Securities and Exchange Commission saying it would take a $267-million charge in fourth-quarter earnings.

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 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.

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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Ford said it's not aware of any accidents or injuries related to the issue.

A Ford spokeswoman, Elizabeth Weigandt, said customers would be notified next month but did not have a timetable for when parts will be available.

The reference number for this recall is 17S33.

Ford's F-Series line remained the top-selling vehicle in the country in 2016.

In September, Ford sold 82,302 F-Series trucks, up 21.4 percent from a year earlier.

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