Ford has issued a couple recalls for more than 265,000 vehicles, affecting Lincoln Aviators and Ford Explorers and Super Duty pickups, to address a potential fuel leak and a tailgate that may unintendedly drop open, respectively.
The largest of the two recalls affects 262,617 Super Duty pickups (F-250, F-350 and F-450) from model years 2017 through 2019 that are equipped with an electric tailgate latch release. In the affected vehicles, the electric switch located in the tailgate handle may not be adequately protected from moisture and if water enters the system, it may cause a short circuit, which would result in the tailgate latches releasing and potentially spilling what cargo may be unrestricted from spilling out.
Ford is unaware of any incidents related to the issue, and is asking owners to attend the nearest dealership, where technicians will replace the tailgate release switch and modify the tailgate frame wiring harnesses by adding jumper pigtails to isolate the tailgate release control circuits.
The recall affects 231,664 pickups in the US and federalized territories and 29,953 in Canada.
The second recall affects 2020 Ford Explorer and Lincoln Aviator vehicles powered by 3.0-litre Ecoboost V-6s (a total of 3,900 vehicles).
On some vehicles the ridged protective sleeves for the liquid fuel line may not be long enough to effectively protect the line from coming into contact with the ridged protective sleeve on the vapour fuel line. If that were to happen over time, the vapour line protective sleeve could rub through the plastic fuel line and result in a fuel leak, which would pose a fire risk should an ignition source be near the spilled fuel. Ford is not aware of any incidents.
The recall affects 3,858 vehicles in the US and federalized territories, 35 in Canada, and 7 in Mexico.
Dealers will inspect the current protective sleeve to make sure it completely covers the plastic fuel line, and replace it, if it doesn’t.