• Feb 3, 2011
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Ford has announced that the automaker is recalling 280,946 F-150 models in the United States and an additional 68,000 in Canada for faulty door handles. According to the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration, the interior handles feature a housing embossment that may fracture with normal use. If this happens, the door latches may not fully return to their stowed position, and as a result, the doors may pop open during an accident.

NHTSA says that recall covers certain 2009 and 2010 model year trucks manufactured between January 18, 2008 and November 30, 2009. Ford is expected to begin notifying owners on or before February 14. If owners notice any interior door handle that doesn't return to its stowed position, they'll be urged to return the vehicle to a dealer to have the defective piece replaced free of charge. Eventually, all vehicles in the recall will be asked to return to the dealer for an inspection and free replacement of any trouble parts. Clear the jump for a look at the full recall notice.



[Sources: NHTSA, The Detroit News]
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Vehicle Make / Model:

Model Year(s):
FORD / F-150

2009-2010

Manufacturer: FORD MOTOR COMPANY
Mfr's Report Date: JAN 28, 2011
NHTSA CAMPAIGN ID Number: 11V049000
N/A
NHTSA Action Number: N/A

Component: STRUCTURE:BODY:DOOR

Potential Number of Units Affected: 280,946

Summary:
FORD IS RECALLING CERTAIN MODEL YEAR 2009 AND 2010 F-150 VEHICLES MANUFACTURED FROM JANUARY 18, 2008, THROUGH NOVEMBER 30, 2009. THE INTERIOR DOOR HANDLE HOUSING EMBOSSMENT RETAINING THE INTERIOR DOOR HANDLE SPRING MAY FRACTURE DURING NORMAL USAGE RESULTING IN INSUFFICIENT SPRING FORCE TO RETURN THE HANDLE TO THE FULLY STOWED POSITION.

Consequence:
IN THE EVENT OF A SIDE IMPACT CRASH, THE DOOR HANDLE SPRING CAN FAIL CAUSING THE DOOR LATCH TO OPEN.

Remedy:
OWNERS WILL BE INITIALLY NOTIFIED AND INSTRUCTED TO TAKE THEIR VEHICLES TO A FORD OR LINCOLN/MERCURY DEALER IF ANY INTERIOR DOOR HANDLE IS LOOSE OR FAILS TO RETURN TO THE STOWED POSITION AFTER ACTIVATION FOR REPLACEMENT OF THE AFFECT MODULE. ONCE PARTS BECOME AVAILABLE, OWNERS WILL BE RENOTIFIED AND INSTRUCTED TO TAKE THEIR VEHICLES TO A FORD OR LINCOLN/MERCURY DEALER FOR INSPECTION OF EACH INTERIOR DOOR HANDLE. DEPENDING ON THE RESULTS OF THE INSPECTION, THE DEALER WILL EITHER ADD A SPRING EMBOSSMENT REINFORCEMENT OR REPLACE THE INTERIOR DOOR HANDLE MODULE FREE OF CHARGE. THE SAFETY RECALL IS EXPECTED TO BEGIN ON OR ABOUT FEBRUARY 14, 2011. OWNERS MAY CONTACT FORD AT 1-866-436-7332.


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  • 11 Comments
      • 3 Years Ago
      Another day, another Toyota recall... oh wait... oops.
      • 3 Years Ago
      They had to switch to Ferrari door handles
      • 3 Years Ago
      The only thing I hate more than spam is spam accompanied by an asinine comment.
      • 3 Years Ago
      I have a 2010..bought it Feb 27th of last yr, guess I better check. No door handle issues though. Ford did cost cut with this F150 though on the interior..I have rattles..my 2004 F150 was solid on the inside..the only rattle was from the back cab plastic and thats because it was taken off so many times..one time from being rear ended. I figured Ford did some cost cutting to make it through their near crisis like GM and Chryselr did, so I am expecting better again for the next F150.
      • 3 Years Ago
      Hahahahhahahah

      only 10 comments! hahahahaha

      Hippocratic ... fanboys!

      • 3 Years Ago
      If you knew anything about Fords they actually open from the inside while locked so you can get out.
      • 3 Years Ago
      These Toyota recalls needs to stop. When will they learn?



































      o w8
        • 3 Years Ago
        The only way FoMoCo could have realized that there was a recall needed is due to police reports and accident reconstruction (ie: POST ACCIDENTS with doors opening and people being ejected) that lead FoMoCo to realize it's cost cuts are firing their customers out the door...literally.

        Where was the testing Ford? You crash your vehicles to mimic IIHS and NHSTA tests so you can get all sorts of nifty scores....but failed to realize that the doors are flying open? Lazy.

        Great start to 2011 FoMoCo. Welcome back to the jungle...let the decline begin.
      • 3 Years Ago
      Handles that fracture under normal use? I smell cost cutting...
        • 3 Years Ago
        Must have used a supplier named Toyota.
      • 3 Years Ago
      @Jamaicanborn,

      Jamaican asinine and stupid comments.