Faulty door latches prompt Ford to recall 830K vehicles

Keith Laing

Washington — Ford Motor Co. is recalling nearly 830,00 cars in the U.S. and Mexico that have doors that can swing open while the vehicles are in motion.

The Dearborn-based company said in the recall notice that a spring tab in the side-door latches of the affected vehicles could break, creating the possibility of the doors swinging open during motion. The company said the recall affects 828,053 cars in its North American markets.

“This condition typically will prevent the door from latching,” the company said. “In certain situations where the door is able to be closed, the door may unlatch while driving, increasing the risk of injury.”

Ford said the recall affects the 2013-15 Ford C-MAX, 2013-15 Ford Escape, 2012-15 Ford Focus, 2015 Ford Mustang and Lincoln MKC, and 2014-16 Ford Transit Connect vehicles that were built in Michigan, Kentucky and Spain.

The company said 766,682 of the recalled cars are in the United States, while 61,371 of the autos are in Mexico.

Ford said one accident and one injury have been reported that could be related to the door problem that led to the recall.

The company said repairs will focus on Alabama, Arkansas, Arizona, California, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Louisiana, Mississippi, New Mexico, Nevada, Oklahoma, Texas, Utah, Oregon and Washington because the door problems have been linked to warmer temperatures.

Ford said its dealers will replace the side-door latches for free, and it “will launch a corresponding customer satisfaction program for vehicles outside the scope of this recall.”

“If a vehicle exhibits a broken door latch, Ford will provide a one-time replacement at no charge for the life of the vehicle,” Ford said.

The automaker said the recall will cost it $270 million, according to a filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission. Ford said the charge would appear in its third-quarter financial results, but said its full-year financial guidance is unchanged.


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