Ford F-150 pickup truckFord Motor (F) is recalling about 360,000 of its popular F-150 pickup trucks in North America to repair faulty interior door handles that may allow the doors to pop open during a crash.

The recall involves F-150 pickups from the 2009-10 model years equipped with chrome interior door handles. Of the total, 280,946 were sold in the U.S., 68,000 in Canada and 14,000 in Mexico, The Detroit News reported.

A defective spring may prevent the interior door handle from fully returning to its stowed position and allow the doors to pop open during a side-impact crash, Ford said in documents filed with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and posted at the agency's website. The handle may be loose, causing a rattle or other noise.

The car company has been reviewing the issue since late August, when it became aware of an increase in the number of warranty claims for loose or noisy door handles. As of Jan. 21, Ford said there were no reports of accidents or injuries related to the defect.

The recalled vehicles were built at Ford's Kansas City Assembly plant and its Dearborn Truck plant from Jan. 18, 2008 through Nov. 30, 2009, the company said. Owners of affected vehicles will be notified beginning Feb. 14. Repairs are expected to begin in April, when parts become available, according to the News.

This latest recall brings the total number of vehicles Dearborn, Mich.-based Ford has recalled this year to nearly 900,000. Last month, the automaker recalled 525,000 Windstar minivans from the 1999-2003 model years because of suspension parts that may corrode.

In the U.S., the Windstar recall involves 425,000 vehicles that were sold or are registered in 22 cold-weather states where road salt is used extensively.


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I'm putting my post on several "Make a comment" I want as many people as possible to know how Ford treats it's customers. So sorry if you read this already.


I HAD a 2003 Windstar 68,000 miles. Only owner. I did the maintenance required. Was garage kept for the 1st 3 1/2 years. The 1st week of Novemeber the dealer took it and said they would get the part in Jan 2011. They paid for the rental. This week they condemed my van due to the 2nd recall. My buy out is $9,000.00. The catch – the dealer pressured me to sign the papers right away. Once I did, I did NOT get a check. 5-7 days, longer if a week-end was involed, but I had to turn in my rental on Friday no matter what I did. Dealer said it was Corp’s rules. When I called Corp they said it was dealer’s rules. When I asked about the other people from the 1st recall waiting 3 months+ for their checks the reply was yes there were delays for the 1st recall buy out. That could happen again. I asked to please keep my rental until I get my check. They said no. It would cost them too much money. But now it is Friday and I have no car to drive to work or get my kids to school. I also have no idea when I will get my check. NEVER A FORD AGAIN!!! I get the van is unsafe. I get this whole thing was a very bad mistake. What I don’t get is how I had to give Ford a check to leave with my van in March of 2003, but now that they are buying it back they don’t have to give me my check until they get around to it. They papers said they had a fixed time frame for me to keep the rental. What about a fixed time frame to give me my money. Anyone have any ideas???

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way to go. are you going to blame labor for this screw up.

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