According to the Car Connection, the recall was expanded from covering 551 vehicles, 247 of which were sold in the U.S., to covering 14,410 pickups in the U.S.
The root problem is described as aftermarket door handle covers manufactured by Putco in Des Moines, Iowa and sold by Ford dealerships. According to the national Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), the covers can result in doors unlatching during a side-impact collision.
For obvious reasons, this defect can significantly increase the risk of injury to the truck’s occupants should such a collision occur.
With the expansion, the recall now includes the following models:
Owners of recalled vehicles can expet to be notified July 21, 2017.