DETROIT (AP) — over the pressure given by the United States’ safety regulators, Ford is expanding its recall of midsize and small cars, in order to fix the door latches, which are not staying closed. Currently, the recall covers around 546,000 vehicles (includes both Ford Fusion and Lincoln MKZs) from 2014 and 2013 year models. Also, the recall includes Ford Fiestas of the model from 2011 to 2014.
Ford Motor Co. includes around 156,000 Ford Fiestas in the recall list, and announced them a week ago. Previously, Ford thought that all cars were manufactured in the factory located in Mexico, since some of the cars were manufactured in the factory near Detroit, Ford has determined that it should recall them too. Ford claimed that broken spring present in the doors, stops the door from latching in a proper way. The same, makes the door to get opened while the car is in motion, and thereby it increases the risk of injury.
U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration instructed the car owners to repair their car as soon as they receive “the recall notice” from the company. Ford added in a statement, that it will start sending notices from the week of May 18 and also mentioned that, dealers will replace them for free of cost.
Due to this latching issue, two minor injuries were reported, as the car driver tried to close the door, the door got bounced into them. And there was one crash reported that, the opened door hit another vehicle, when a car owner tries to park his/her car.
The U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration also added that, if they found difficulties in locking the doors, then they shouldn’t drive the car until it get fixed. It also added that, if the door opens during travel, the car should immediately tow to the nearby dealer, after the car is pulled over.
From mid-2014, Ford has reported for door-latch problems and recalled more than 1.5 million vehicles, and for that Ford answered as “the problems are not related to one another.”