Ford recalls 213K Explorers for door handle issues

David Shepardson
Detroit News Washington Bureau

Washington — Ford Motor Co. said Wednesday it is issuing three new recalls covering more than 220,000 vehicles — most for potentially faulty door handles.

The Dearborn automaker is recalling 213,000 2011-2013 Ford Explorer SUVs and Ford Police Interceptor Utility vehicles in North America because the spring that controls the interior door handles may prevent the door from latching completely, which could result in the door opening in a side-impact crash. Ford said it is not aware of any crashes or injuries related to the issue.

Ford has now recalled more than 1 million vehicles for door handle issues in the last year.

This is at least Ford’s third recall since 2014 for door handles. In January, Ford recalled 204,945 2010-13 Ford Taurus, Lincoln MKS and Police Interceptor vehicles for the same issue. In May, Ford recalled 692,744 2013-2014 692,744 Escapes for the same issue.

Ford is also recalling 1,725 2013-2015 Lincoln MKT limo and hearse vehicles for a vacuum pump relay issue that could result in fires. Ford said it knows of two underhood fires related to the issue but no injuries or crashes.

The automaker is also recalling 6,500 2011-2015 F-Series Super Duty ambulances, including some with 6.7-liter diesel engines because of a potentially faulty temperature sensor. Ford is not aware of any crashes “but taking this action because of the unique nature of ambulance and emergency vehicles.”