Electric Tailgates Opening on Their Own? Investigation Targets 2017 Super Duty Trucks

An investigation is being opened into why electric tailgates are opening on their own in 2017 Ford Super Duty trucks.

The F-250 and F-350 trucks are equipped with electronic tailgates that can be opened with the key fobs, but five owners filed complaints saying the tailgates opened without warning and uncommanded.

In TSB #17-2196, Ford told its dealers that water could get into a wiring harness and cause “uncommanded tailgate openings” in Super Duty trucks. If the tailgate is down while driving, all the jostling can cause extensive damage.

Besides, no-one likes getting caught with their tailgate down.