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.