Ford is recalling 261,000 model year 2017-19 Ford F-250, F-350 and F-450 Super Duty trucks.
In vehicles with an electric tailgate latch-release switch mounted in the tailgate handle, water entering the electrical wiring system may cause a short circuit, resulting in unintended switch activation and release of the tailgate latches.
This could cause the tailgate to open unintentionally, whether the vehicle is in motion or stationary resulting in the loss of unrestrained cargo, and increasing the risk of a crash.
Ford is not aware of any reports of accident or injury.
What to do
Ford will notify owners, and 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.
Owners may contact Ford customer service at (866) 436-7332. Ford's reference number for this recall is 19S48.