The US automaker has decided to expand its previous door latch recall to cover 2,383,292 units as the company has decided to add some 1.5 million more units to the campaign that already saw vehicles repaired in certain US states.
There are 2,046,297 examples in the United States, 233,034 in Canada, and 61,363 in Mexico. The affected model list is as follows: 2013-2015 C-MAX, 2013-2015 Escape, 2012-2015 Focus, 2015 Mustang, 2014-2016 Transit Connect, and 2015 Lincoln MKC. The carmaker has announced the pawl spring tab in the side latches may be subject to failure, with passengers unable to securely close the door – and they could even open up without warning while driving. Ford has one reported accident and it resulted in three persons being injured due to the issue.
Ford launched an investigation after finding out about the issue in October 2015 and the findings showed the risk to be heightened when the cars were submitted to high ambient temperatures. The initial recall included 828,000 autos as of August, but after further consideration the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration asked the company to expand the campaign across North America. Ford’s dealers will solve the problem by replacing the door latches and the Ford documentation provided to the Securities and Exchange Commission show the campaign will cost $640 million.