Ford Recalling 1.3 Million Pickups Over Door Issue


The recall involves 1.1 million trucks in the United States, more than 222,000 trucks in Canada and 21,000 trucks in Mexico.

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Ford Motor Co. has recalled 1.3 million pickup trucks because of an issue that could allow a door to open while driving in certain conditions - the same problem the automaker had with some cars.

The company estimates that the recall will cost it $267 million in the fourth quarter, according to filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission.

The Fix: Ford dealers will install water shields over the door latches and inspect the latch actuation cables for damage.

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The company said Wednesday that in some vehicles a frozen door latch or bent or kinked actuation cable may cause a door to not open or close.

Ford has now recalled more than 5 million vehicles for varying door latch-related issues since 2016, but the company said the issue in the new recall is different from prior ones.

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 sold 820,000 of the F-series trucks in the US past year.

Following the typical pattern for recalls, notices will be sent out to owners, who will then be able to go to Ford dealerships to have the problem fixed.

Despite the hit, Ford said that it still expected to earn between $1.65 and $1.85 per share for the full year.