Ford To Recall Nearly 281,000 F-150 Trucks

By Jonathan Welsh

 Ford is recalling certain model-year 2009 and 2010 F-150 pickup trucks to fix or replace their interior door-handle assemblies.

According to a defect notice filed with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, the recall affects trucks with chrome interior door handles that were built from Jan. 18, 2008, through Nov. 30, 2009. The recall affects 280,946 vehicles.

The company says a part called the housing embossment that retains the door-handle spring can break during everyday use. If that happens there will not be enough spring force to return the door handle to its normal stowed position. Because of this condition, the door latch could open during a side-impact crash.

Owners will be told 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 use. A second notification will instruct owners who haven’t noticed any problems to bring their vehicles in to have the handle’s checked and possibly replaced.

In a statement Ford said it is ”committed to safety and is quickly working to address this matter with our customers. We are not aware of an accidents related to the matter.”

*****It must be noted that this door latch may also fail in the event of a rollover accident involving Ford F-150 trucks, since the same or even great forces are in play in the case of a rollover accident in a truck or SUV. *****

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