Trucks and San Antonio go together like peanut butter and jelly, but if you drive a Ford F-150 or a Super Duty, you might want to pay attention. Ford announced it will be recalling over 1.3 million trucks for issues with the door latch. As in, the door might pop open while you are driving down the highway.
Why the Massive Recall?
According to Ford, the actuation cable that holds the door shut can become kinked or bent or the door latch can become frozen if water invades the latch. San Antonio might not be known for it’s freezing temperatures, but they do happen. You also might decide to venture north where freezing temperatures and snow are more likely to cause you problems with your door latch.
What this means is you could think your door is shut securely, but the door latch is not fully engaged. Which means you could be driving down route 10 and your door flies open. Not good news for anyone.
Which Trucks Are Affected?
If you are tooling around in a 2015-2017 Ford F-150 or a 2017 Super Duty truck, your truck might be part of the recall. A little over 1 million of the 1.3 million vehicles are in the U.S.; the remaining 240,000 are in Mexico and Canada.
Ford is not currently aware of any incidents that have caused injury to anyone, but if your door flies open at 70 mph, it would increase your risk of injury.
What Is the Fix?
To keep your doors tightly closed, Ford dealerships will install water shields over the door latches to prevent frozen latches. They will also do a thorough inspection of all cables for kinks, bends, or stress marks. The company is not sure when the parts will be available, so patience might become the order of the day if your truck is involved in the recall.
Since 2016, Ford has recalled over 5 million vehicles with door latch-related problems. The company says this new recall is not related to the previous problems, but it does speak to the number of fixes Ford is trying to come up with right now.
How Do I Know If My Truck Is Affected?
According to the press release, Ford will start notifying affected owners next month. If you drive one of these trucks, keep an eye on your mailbox for recall notices. If you are a bit impatient, you can visit www.safecar.gov and input your vehicle identification number to see if there are any recalls affecting your vehicle.
Ford plans on spending over 280 million dollars for this recall alone. If you find an issue with the door latch on your truck, take it right down to your local Ford dealer. Any repairs involving this recall or any previous recalls will be covered at no cost to you.
Recalls on your car or truck can be a scary thing. Stories of horrible wrecks and lengthy lawsuits litter the internet. If you are driving a 2015-2017 Ford F-150 or a 2017 Ford Super Duty truck, pay attention to your door latches. If you notice any problems, head to your dealership to get some help at no cost to you.