Ford expands safety recall for 1.3M F-150, Super Duty trucks

Robyn Valdez
October 19, 2017

"In affected vehicles, a frozen door latch or a bent or kinked actuation cable may result in a door that will not open or will not close condition", Ford said in a statement.

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.

Ford said it is not aware of any accidents or injuries linked to the problem.

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Ford dealerships will install water shields and make any repairs that are necessary free of charge to customers.

In Security Exchange Commission filings, the Dearborn, Michigan-based automaker said the recall is expected to cost $267 million. The F-Series line of trucks are the best-selling vehicles in America and are also Ford's biggest cash cows. The majority of the trucks are in the United States, but some are located in Canada and Mexico as well. Ford expects this to change its annual adjusted earnings from $1.65 to $1.85 per share.

Ford has previously disclosed plans to spend $935 million on other recalls announced since August 2016.

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The problem is a door latch issue that could allow the door to open while the truck is in motion.

The F-Series pickups are huge profit drivers for Ford and are usually the best-selling vehicles in the U.S. every year.

Ford shares fell 0.7 percent to $12.19 in late trading Wednesday.

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