Ford recalls 220,000 vehicles in two campaigns

David Shepardson
Detroit News Washington Bureau

Washington — Ford Motor Co. said Wednesday it is recalling more than 220,000 vehicles — most because a door could fly open in a crash because of a handle issue.

The Dearborn automaker is recalling 205,000 2010-13 Ford Taurus, Lincoln MKS and Ford Police Interceptor sedans due to an issue with the spring that controls the interior door handles. Ford said the door could become unlatched in a side-impact crash, increasing the risk of injury.

The recall covers 194,889 vehicles in the United States and federalized territories, 9,948 in Canada and 108 in Mexico.

Dealers will inspect all four interior door handle assemblies and repair or replace the handles as necessary.

Ford is also recalling 16,100 2014 Ford Transit Connect vans for a potential issue with safety belt fasteners that may not have been tightened properly. Safety belt fasteners that do not meet installation specifications may loosen over time, which may cause them not to function as intended, increasing the risk of injury in a crash.

Ford is not aware of any accidents or injuries related to either condition.

Dealers will replace and properly tighten the safety belt fasteners.