Has anyone had one of their tailgate latches thumb levers break?

At the tire dealer, when they placed my old tires in the back (I got new snow tires put on), they broke the right thumb levers. It was fine when the opened the tailgate to put the tires in but broke it and then closed the tailgate. When I got home I could not open the tailgate. I took it back over there and they are going to pay for the part.

The hard part was getting the gate open to get the part out. I had to fashion a thin wire hook to snake in from the top to snag a bit of metal. This took me about one hour to do. The part should be in in about 1-1/2 weeks. The tire dealer has been nice about this and I did not want to take a day off of work to drive to the dealer (60miles / way).

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