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Ford is issuing safety recalls for select 2017-2019 F-250, F-350, and F-450 Super Duty vehicles for unintended tailgate latch releases, as well as select 2020 Ford Explorer and 2020 Lincoln Aviator vehicles for faulty protective sleeves on fuel lines.

Safety recall for select 2017-19 Ford F-250, F-350 and F-450 Super Duty vehicles for unintended tailgate opening

In some vehicles, the electric tailgate latch-release switch in the tailgate handle is short-circuiting due to water getting into the wiring system. The short-circuit causes the tailgate to open unintentionally, which can happen even while the vehicle is in motion. The tailgate latch releasing could result int he loss of unrestrained cargo and increase the risk of a crash.

Vehicles with mechanical tailgate releases are not affected. Ford is not aware of any reports of accident or injury related to this condition.

This action affects 231,664 vehicles in the U.S. and federal territories and 29,953 in Canada. Affected vehicles were built at Kentucky Truck Plant from Oct. 8, 2015, to Nov. 3, 2019.

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 19S48.

Safety recall for select 2020 Ford Explorer and 2020 Lincoln Aviator vehicles with 3.0-liter engines

Ford is issuing a safety recall for select 2020 Ford Explorer and 2020 Lincoln Aviator vehicles. In some affected vehicles, the convolute protective sleeve on the liquid fuel line is not long enough, which may allow it to come into contact with the vapor fuel line. Over time, with vibration and engine roll, hard contact between the two fuel lines could cause the vapor fuel line's protective sleeve to rub a hole into the plastic liquid fuel line. A fuel leak in the presence of an ignition source increases the risk of a fire.

Ford is not aware of any reports of accident, injury or fire related to this condition. This action affects 3,858 vehicles in the U.S. and federal territories, 35 in Canada, and seven in Mexico.

Affected vehicles were built at Chicago Assembly Plant, including: Ford Explorer vehicles built Jan. 18-July 17, 2019, and Lincoln Aviator vehicles built Jan. 15-July 17, 2019.

Dealers will inspect vehicles for a full-length yellow-colored protective convolute on the liquid fuel line. If the convolute does not cover the full length of the liquid fuel line, dealers will remove the existing convolute and replace it with one that has the correct length, secured with a tie strap. The Ford reference number for this recall is 19S49.

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