Ford Motor Company (Ford) is recalling certain 2018 F-150 pickup trucks with manual and power release tailgates. A truck’s tailgate latch may unlatch unexpectedly while driving.
An unexpected tailgate opening may allow unrestrained cargo to fall out of the truck bed and become a road hazard, increasing the risk of a crash and injury. The potential number of trucks affected is 57,591.
Dealers will replace the left-hand and right-hand tailgate latches, free of charge. Owner notification letters are expected to be mailed January 31, 2022. Owners may contact Ford customer service at 1-866-436-7332. Ford’s number for this recall is 21S53.
Owners may also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153).