Ford Motor Co. has added approximately 1.5 million vehicles to a safety recall over malfunctioning side door latches, more than doubling the size of the recall and bringing the total number of affected vehicles to more than 2.3 million,. Ford’s latest recall covers model year 2013 to 2015 Ford C-MAX and Ford Escape vehicles, as well as 2012 to 2015 Ford Focus, 2015 Ford Mustang and Lincoln MKC and 2014 to 2016 Ford Transit Connect models. Ford recalled the vehicles to repair pawl spring tabs in door latches that could break and open while driving, or may not close at all.
The recall builds off of another recall in August surrounding approximately 830,000 vehicles with the same models and model years. The original recall only affected owners in 16 states that generally have higher ambient temperatures and solar loading, including Arizona, California, Florida and Texas. The recall now covers 2,046,297 vehicles in the United States and federalized territories, 233,034 in Canada and 61,363 in Mexico. Ford is investigating one reported accident and three reported injuries that may be related to the door latch issue. The automaker said it is working with its suppliers to obtain replacement parts and will notify customers when they become available. Ford says it will notify customers affected by the recall the week of Oct. 3, 2016. Dealers will replace door latches free of charge to customers.
Ford’s latest recall continues the automaker’s door latch woes, having recalled nearly 3.3 million vehicles over issues with faulty pawl spring tabs since 2015. The first recalls came in January 2015 with 205,000 Ford Taurus sedans. Ford announced a second, separate recall of 213,000 Ford Explorer and Police Interceptor SUVs in March 2015. The automaker launched another recall in April 2015, covering 390,000 model year 2011 to 2014 Ford Fiestas and 2013 to 2014 Ford Fusion and Lincoln MKZ vehicles. Ford added 156,000 of the same vehicles to the recall a week later.
Ford is also the subject of an investigation launched in January 2016 by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) after the agency received nearly 75 complaints over faulty door latches on model year 2012 and 2013 Ford Fiestas. The investigation is ongoing.
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