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Ford recalls 390,000 cars for door latch issue in North America


Ford Motor Company on Friday, announced it is recalling about 390,000 Ford Fiesta, Fusion and Lincoln MKZ models in North America because of door latch malfunction. The doors may not latch securely due to a broken spring or a closed-door will have the tendency to open while driving.ford-united-states

Ford Fiestas made between 2012 and 2014; Ford Fusions made between 2013 and 2014 and Lincoln MKZ cars made in Mexico. Ford stated that the driver’s door could become unlatched due to a broken spring. The company admitted that it was aware of two incidents where an unlatched door bounced back and another vehicle with unlatched swung open and struck another vehicle.

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National Highway Traffic Safety Administration began looking into the issue in September 2014, after the agency received 61 complaints from 2011-2013 Ford Fiesta owners. In March 2015, Ford received 451 complaints, 207 reports were filed with NHTSA, in which 65 of the complaints were mentioned opening of doors while driving.

Out of the recalled vehicles, 86 percent of them are registered in the United States while the rest are in Canada and Mexico. There are 389,585 vehicles in North America including 336,873 in the United States and Federalized territories, 30,198 in Canada and 22,514 in Mexico. No serious incidents related to the defect has been reported. Ford stated that dealer would replace the defective latch on all four doors at no cost.

The issue was caused by a broken pawl spring tab, and the door will not latch. Though recall is a marketing issue to car manufactures, the latest issue is less technical than the airbag issue recently. The company is set to announce its April sales number on May 1.

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