An unintended tailgate opening may allow unrestrained cargo to fall out of the truck bed and become a road hazard, increasing the risk of a crash. - Photo: Ford

An unintended tailgate opening may allow unrestrained cargo to fall out of the truck bed and become a road hazard, increasing the risk of a crash.

Photo: Ford

Ford Motor Co. is recalling certain 2017 to 2019 model-year F-250, F-350, and F-450 trucks equipped with an electric tailgate latch release switch mounted in the tailgate handle. Water may enter the electrical wiring system and cause a short circuit, activating the switch and releasing the tailgate latches.

Approximately 231,664 Super Duty trucks are impacted by the recall. 

Ford will notify owners, and dealers will modify the tailgate/frame wiring harnesses by adding jumper pigtails to isolate the tailgate release control circuits and will install a new tailgate handle release switch, free of charge. The recall is expected to begin Jan. 20, 2020. Owners may contact Ford customer service at (866) 436-7332.

Ford's number for this recall is 19S48.

Owners may also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Vehicle Safety Hotline at (888) 327-4236.

Editor's Note: This story was updated 12/26 with a photo of a 2019 Ford F-350, an example of the type of vehicle that is affected by this recall.

Originally posted on Work Truck Online

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