Ford recalling 1.3 million F-series pickups

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Ford Motor Co said on Wednesday it would recall 1.34 million 2015-17 Ford F-150 and 2017 Ford Super Duty trucks in North America to add water shields to side door latches at a cost of $267 million. The majority of the trucks are in the United States, but some are located in Canada and Mexico as well.

According to the recall from Ford, a frozen door latch or bent or kinked actuation in the affected trucks is causing the issue.

Dealers are to install the water shields and make repairs, if needed, for free.

A Ford spokeswoman, Elizabeth Weigandt, said customers would be notified next month but did not have a timetable for when parts will be available.

Ford said it is not aware of any accidents or injuries linked to the problem.

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The reference number for this recall is 17S33.

Ford's F-150 pickup truck is one of the country's most popular vehicles and a perennial best-seller.

The F-Series has been the company's best-selling vehicle, and the Super Duty, made exclusively at Kentucky Truck Plant, has helped prop up profits because consumers increasingly are opting for higher-end models of the work truck. Ford expects this to change its annual adjusted earnings from $1.65 to $1.85 per share.

In addition to the problem with the door opening unexpectedly, the latch can also prevent the driver from opening the door when they need to. It shares were flat at $12.20.

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