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Ford recalls 261,617 pickup trucks over tailgate malfunction

Ford Motor Co. said Dec. 6 the company is recalling 261,617 Super Duty pickup trucks in the U.S. and Canada over tailgate malfunction.

The recall involves select Ford F-250, F-350 and F-450 Super Duty vehicles from 2017 through 2019. The affected vehicles were made at its Kentucky Truck Plant between Oct. 8, 2015, and Nov. 3, 2019.

Ford said the problem involves an electric tailgate latch-release switch mounted in the tailgate handle. The tailgates in the affected vehicles might open unintentionally when water enters the electrical wiring system. Vehicles with a mechanical tailgate release handle are not involved in the recall.

Dealers will fix the tailgate frame wiring harnesses in the recalled vehicles and install a new tailgate handle release switch.

Separately, the Michigan-based automaker issued a recall of 3,893 2020 Ford Explorer and Lincoln Aviator vehicles with 3.0-liter engines in the U.S and Canada over potential fuel leakage. The company is also recalling seven vehicles in Mexico.

The company said the convolute protective sleeves in the affected cars are not long enough, which could lead to potential hard contact with the convolute-protected vapor fuel line. This can cause a fuel leak and increase the risk of a fire.

The recalled SUVs were made in the Chicago assembly plant between January and July of this year.

Ford said the company is not aware of any injuries or fires related to both the issues.