Ford recalling 1.3 million F-series pickups

Reuters reported that Ford has recalled over 5 million vehicles since 2016 that had issues with door latches - and that a spokeswoman for the company said customers with affected vehicles will hear from the company next month.

The automaker said it will notify customers by letter the week of November 13 to let them know if their trucks are part of the recall.

In an effort to remedy the problem, Ford dealerships will be instructed to inspect the door latches and actuation cables.

Through the first nine months of 2017 the Ford F-Series was the top-selling vehicle in the US with sales of more than 658,636 trucks, a 10.6 percent jump compared with the same period past year, according to industry research firm Autodata Corp. "When the data indicates a safety recall is needed, we move quickly", she said.

Even if customers are able to open and close the door, that latch may not fully engage, meaning the door could fling open while driving, Ford warned. Ford expects this to change its annual adjusted earnings from $1.65 to $1.85 per share.

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According to Ford, the recall is impacting some 2015-2017 F-150 and F-Series Super Duty in the U.S., Mexico and Canada.

Ford has previously disclosed plans to spend $935 million on other recalls announced since August 2016.

According to CNBC, Ford previously said it planned to spend $935 million on fixing vehicles that were included in recalls going back to August 2016.

In addition to the problem with the door opening unexpectedly, the latch can also prevent the driver from opening the door when they need to.

Ford shares fell 0.7 percent to $12.19 in late trading Wednesday.

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