Ford recalls big pickups; tailgates can open unexpectedly

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Ford Motor Co. recalls about 262,000 heavy duty trucks in the U.S. UU.

The recall covers F-250, F-350 and F-450 pickups for model years 2017 through 2019.

According to Ford, water may be able to enter the electrical wiring system that operates the electric tailgate latch-release.

If the tailgate opens unintentionally, cargo could spill out, which increases the risk of injury and a crash.

To fix the issue, Ford dealers will modify the tailgate frame wiring harness by adding jumper pigtails that will isolate the tailgate release control circuits. All the recalled models have an electric tailgate latch release switches in the tailgate handle. Trucks with mechanical latches on the back door are not affected.

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The Ford reference number for this recall is 19S48.

A second, smaller recall involving fewer than 4,000 Ford Explorers and Aviators with 3.0-liter engines. Ford said no fires or injuries have been reported. Through vibration and engine roll, hard contact between the two fuel lines could occur, causing the convolute on the vapor line to rub through the plastic liquid fuel line, leaking fuel. Only 35 of those SUVs are in Canada, and the rest are in the United States.

Dealers will inspect vehicles for a full-length yellow-colored protective convolute on the liquid fuel line. And, in another recall, Lincoln has recalled the MKX, the predecessor to the Aviator for a battery cable problem.

There are 3,858 Explorers and Aviators affected, and owners will need to take them to a dealer to check the sleeve length.