Ford Motor Company has announced a recall of nearly 262,000 heavy-duty pickup trucks in the U.S. and Canada due to tailgates opening unexpectedly.
The recall involves 2017-2019 F-250, F-350 and F-450 model trucks. All have electric tailgate latch releases where water can get into the electrical wiring and cause a short circuit that will activate the switches and release the latches opening the tailgate.
The company says no accidents or injuries have been reported as a result of the defect.
Dealers will fix the tailgate free of charge. Owners will be notified by mail by the end of January.
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