Ford recalls nearly 262K big pickups; tailgates can open unexpectedly

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Ford is recalling nearly 262,000 heavy-duty pickup trucks in the U.S. and Canada because the tailgates can open unexpectedly.

The recall covers F-250, F-350 and F-450 trucks from the 2017 through 2019 model years.

All the trucks have electric tailgate latch release switches in the tailgate handle.

According to the company, water can get into the electrical wiring and cause a short circuit, activating the switches and releasing the latches.

The company says it has no reports of crashes or injuries.

Trucks with mechanical tailgate latches are not affected.

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

AP wire services helped contribute to this report.

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