Ford will recall 828,053 vehicles in North America because the doors can unlatch. Specifically, there are 766,682 of them in the United States and 61,371 in Mexico. The affected models are the 2013-15 C-Max, 2013-15 Escape, 2012-15 Focus, 2015 Mustang (above), 2014-16 Transit Connect, and 2015 Lincoln MKC. The exact production dates are in the press release below.
According to Ford, “the rate of reports is higher for vehicles in states with higher ambient temperatures and solar loading,” so the recall only applies to certain states in the U.S. They affected areas are: Alabama, Arkansas, Arizona, California, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Louisiana, Mississippi, New Mexico, Nevada, Oklahoma, Texas, Utah, Oregon and Washington.
In the affected vehicles, the pawl spring tab in the door could break, which would prevent it from latching. The issue could also allow the door to open while driving, which is a safety issue. According to Ford, the automaker has one report of an accident and one reported injury about this problem.
To fix the issue, Ford dealers will replace the door latches on the affected models. The company will also start a customer satisfaction campaign that will allow owners outside the listed states and regions to get a one-time free latch replacement for with the life of the vehicle.
Gallery: 2015 Ford Mustang (official)
REGIONAL SAFETY RECALL ISSUED FOR CERTAIN 2012-16 MODEL YEAR FORD AND LINCOLN VEHICLES TO REPLACE SIDE DOOR LATCHES
DEARBORN, Mich., Aug. 4, 2016 – Ford Motor Company is issuing a regional safety recall in North America for approximately 830,000 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 sold or ever registered in certain states to replace side door latches.
In the affected vehicles, the pawl spring tab in the side door latch could break. This condition typically will prevent the door from latching. In certain situations where the door is able to be closed, the door may unlatch while driving, increasing the risk of injury.
Because the rate of reports is higher for vehicles in states with higher ambient temperatures and solar loading, this recall is focused primarily in Alabama, Arkansas, Arizona, California, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Louisiana, Mississippi, New Mexico, Nevada, Oklahoma, Texas, Utah, Oregon and Washington.
Ford has identified one reported accident and one reported injury that may be related to this issue.
Affected vehicles include those built:
2013-15 C-MAX – Michigan Assembly Plant, April 19, 2012 to Jan. 31, 2015
2013-15 Escape – Louisville Assembly Plant, Oct. 19, 2011 to Jan. 31, 2015
2012-15 Focus – Michigan Assembly Plant, Aug. 1, 2010 to Jan. 31, 2015
2015 Lincoln MKC – Louisville Assembly Plant, Dec. 4, 2013 to Jan. 31, 2015
2015 Mustang – Flat Rock Assembly Plant, May 28, 2014 to April 30, 2015
2014-16 Transit Connect – Valencia Assembly Plant, Aug. 9, 2013 to Feb. 1, 2016
The approximately 828,053 vehicles affected include 766,682 in the United States and federalized territories and 61,371 in Mexico.
Dealers will replace side door latches at no cost to the customer. In addition, Ford 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.
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