Ford recalls 363,000 F-150 pickups — faulty door handles

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Ford is recalling nearly 363,000 F-150 pickup trucks, the perennial best-selling vehicle in the United States, because of a potential problem with the door handles not working properly.

The automaker and the U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) announced 280,294 F-150 trucks in the United States, 68,000 in Canada and 14,000 in Mexico and from model years 2009 and 2010 will be recalled.

The F-150 trucks, the top-selling vehicle in the U.S. for the past 34 years, being  been recalled were produced from January 2008 to November 2009. In a crash, according to the NHTSA, “the door handle spring can fail, causing the door latch to open.”

Ford reported as of January 21, 2011, no accidents or injuries related to the issue had been reported.

Customers will initially be asked to bring their F-150s to dealerships if any door handles are loose or fail to return to a stowed position. Replacement parts will subsequently be installed.

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