Ford Motor Company is issuing a safety recall in Canada for select 2015-18 Ford F-150 vehicles equipped with an electric tailgate-latch release switch. In affected vehicles, water entering the electrical wiring system may cause a short circuit that unintentionally activates the switch and releases the tailgate latch. An unintended tailgate opening may result in the loss of unrestrained cargo, increasing the risk of a crash.
Ford is not aware of any reports of accident or injury related to this condition.
This action affects 89,472 vehicles in Canada.
Affected vehicles were built at Dearborn Truck Plant from July 28, 2014, to Oct. 22, 2018, and at Kansas City Assembly Plant from Feb. 19, 2015, to Nov. 4, 2018.
Dealers will modify the tailgate-frame wiring harnesses by adding jumper pigtails to isolate the tailgate-release control circuits and install a new tailgate handle release switch. The Ford reference number for this recall is 20S01.