Ford Recall Expanded in North America

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Ford Motor Company is expanding a safety recall regarding door latches at the behest of the National Highway Traffic and Safety Administration.

The recall covers door latches that may contain a broken pawl spring tab, preventing the door from totally latching.

There is potential for the door to come ajar while moving, increasing the risk of injury to the driver and other occupants.

The total amount of Ford vehicles affected stands at 545,906.  This expansion of the recall adds an additional 156,000.

Ford reports two allegations of soreness resulting from an unlatched door bouncing back when the customer attempted to close it.  Another documented case details an unlatched door swung open and struck an adjacent vehicle.

This happened as the driver was pulling into a parking space.

2014 Ford Fusion

Some 2013/2014 Ford Fusions will be affected by this recall.

Affected vehicles include certain 2011-14 Fiesta vehicles built at Cuautitlán Assembly Plant, Nov. 3, 2009 to May 31, 2013; certain 2013-14 Fusion vehicles built at Hermosillo Assembly Plant, Feb. 1, 2012 to May 31, 2013.

The recall also covers certain 2014 Fusion vehicles built at Flat Rock Assembly Plant, April 12, 2013 to April 26, 2013; and certain 2013-14 Lincoln MKZ vehicles built at Hermosillo Assembly Plant, Feb. 1, 2012 to May 31, 2013.

There are 456,440 vehicles in the United States and federalized territories – 50,681 in Canada and another 38,785 in Mexico.

Ford dealerships will replace all four door latches free to the customer.

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Carl represents automakers in their marketing and product development arms as a Vehicle Coach, Product Specialist, and Facilitator. He has worked with Fiat Chrysler Automobiles, Ford Motor Company, General Motors, Mercedes-Benz, Honda, Volvo, and Local Motors. Carl is the Immediate Past President of Detroit Working Writers and on the Board of Directors for the Ally Jolie Baldwin Foundation. He enjoys a multitude of health and fitness activities and is a loyal Detroit Lions fan.

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