Ford has issued a recall for certain units of the Fiesta, of the Fusion and of the Lincoln MKZ because of some faulty door latches.
According to the car manufacturer, there are a total of 390,000 vehicles affected by this recall and their owners will have to take them back to the dealers because of the faulty door latches. Ford says that the “broken pawl spring tab” is the culprit and it is keeping the doors from latching shut. If this happens, than the door could open without warning and it will increase the risk of injury.
“The door latch in these vehicles may experience a broken pawl spring tab, which typically results in a condition where the door will not latch. If a customer is then able to latch the door, there is potential the door may unlatch while driving, increasing the risk of injury”, says the carmaker in its official press release.
Ford is apparently aware of two reports out of which in one the door struck an adjacent vehicle as the driver was pulling into a parking space. The affected cars are the 2012 – 2014 Ford Fiesta, made between Feb 1, 2012 and May 31, 2013, at Cuautitlan, the 2013 – 2014 Ford Fusion made between July 1, 2012, to May 31, 2013, at Hermosillo, and the 2013 – 2014 Lincoln MKZ, assembled at Hermosillo between July 1, 2012 and May 31, 2013. There are 336,873 vehicles affected in the U.S., 30,198 in Canada and 22,514 in Mexico. The company’s dealers will be replacing the four door latches free of charge.