Ford recalls 1.3 million pickups

Posted October 19, 2017

Ford said on Wednesday it would recall about 1.3 million vehicles in North America to add a water shield to side door latches.

In Security Exchange Commission filings, the Dearborn, Michigan-based automaker said the recall is expected to cost $267 million. Ford cited a "frozen door latch" or a "bent or kinked actuation cable", which may prevent the vehicle's doors from opening or closing.

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In an effort to remedy the problem, Ford dealerships will be instructed to inspect the door latches and actuation cables.

A Ford spokeswoman, Elizabeth Weigandt, said customers would be notified next month but did not have a timetable for when parts will be available. The Ford reference number for this recall is 17S33. The second-largest US automaker also said its full-year adjusted earnings per share will still be in the range of $1.65 to $1.85 a share. Ford's F-Series line remained the top-selling vehicle in the country in 2016.

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What Owners Should Do: Ford did not immediately announce an owner notification schedule.

The recall is for a faulty driver's side door that may allow the door to open unexpectedly while the vehicle is moving.

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Of the 1,344,605 vehicles affected in North America, just over 1.1 million are in the United States, with 222,408 located in Canada and another 21,000 in Mexico.