Ford Motor Co. recalling 830K vehicles for defect that could leave door unlatched

Ford Motor Co. announced a recall on Thursday that affects nearly 830,000 of the automaker's vehicles in North America over a defective latch spring that the company said could lead to a side door opening while the vehicle is in motion. The recall affects vehicles manufactured at plants in Michigan, Kentucky and Spain. File Photo by Grisha Bruev/Shutterstock

DEARBORN, Mich., Aug. 4 (UPI) — The Ford Motor Co. on Thursday announced a recall involving nearly 830,000 of its vehicles due to a defective latch that may cause the door to swing open while the car is in motion.

The recall affects about 828,000 vehicles sold in North America, the company said. The problem is a defective spring tab in a side-door latch that may prevent the door from fully closing.

Ford said the potential defect may be responsible for at least one crash and one injury.

The automaker said the recall affects certain numbers of the following vehicles:

– 2013-15 C-MAX
– 2013-15 Escape
– 2012-15 Focus
– 2015 Lincoln MKC
– 2015 Mustang
– 2014-16 Transit Connect

All of the impacted vehicles were manufactured at Ford plants in Michigan and Louisville, Ky., and one in Spain among varying dates between August 2010 and February of this year.

All of the recalled vehicles are located in North America — 766,000 in the United States and 61,000 in Mexico.

“The rate of reports is higher for vehicles in states with higher ambient temperatures and solar loading,” Ford said, noting that the recall prioritizes vehicles in states with those conditions.


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