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Ford Motor expands door latch safety recall by 1.5m vehicles

Staff Writer |
Ford Motor is expanding a previously announced safety recall regarding door latches to include approximately 1,500,000 additional vehicles.

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This is at the request of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, bringing the total to 2,383,292 vehicles.

Affected vehicles include 2013-15 Ford C-MAX and Ford Escape, 2012-15 Ford Focus, 2015 Ford Mustang and Lincoln MKC and 2014-16 Ford Transit Connect.

In the affected vehicles, the pawl spring tab in the side door latch could break. A door latch with a fractured pawl spring tab typically results in a “door-will-not-close” condition. A door that opens while driving increases the risk of injury.

Ford has identified one reported accident and three reported injuries that may be related to this issue.

There are 2,383,292 vehicles affected in this recall, including 2,046,297 in the United States and federalized territories, 233,034 in Canada and 61,363 in Mexico.

Dealers will replace side door latches at no cost to the customer.

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