Door Latch Issue Forces Ford to Recall the Fiesta, Fusion and Lincoln MKZ

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Three hundred and ninety thousand cars is what FoMoCo is dealing with in its latest safety recall campaign. If you insist, the actual number of the affected vehicle population is 389,585 automobiles in the United States of America, Canada and Mexico.
Coming from Ford Motor Company's Dearborn, Michigan headquarters, the safety-related announcement tells that the recall covers 336,873 vehicles in the United States. Some 30,198 examples of the affected vehicle population are located in Canada, and another 22,514 cars are further down south in Mexico.

According to the Blue Oval's official statement, the 2012 to 2014 Ford Fiesta, 2013 to 2014 Ford Fusion and the posher Lincoln MKZ are all affected by a door latch issue. Apparently, 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.

The automaker tells that if a customer is then able to latch the door, there's potential the door may unlatch while driving. Even though you or your passenger are wearing safety belts, a door opening without warning at 40 mph isn't a pleasant situation to be in. FoMoCo is aware of three incidents related to this apparently small defect.

Other than two allegations of soreness that resulted from an unlatched door bouncing back when the owner attempted to close it, we're told that there's one other accident allegation. On this occasion, an unlatched door swung open, striking an adjacent vehicle as the driver was pulling into a parking space.

Ford promises that dealers will replace all four door latches at no cost to the customer. Therefore, if you own one of the three aforementioned nameplates, don't hesitate to ring FoMoCo at 1-866-436-7332.
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About the author: Mircea Panait
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After a 1:43 scale model of a Ferrari 250 GTO sparked Mircea's interest for cars when he was a kid, an early internship at Top Gear sealed his career path. He's most interested in muscle cars and American trucks, but he takes a passing interest in quirky kei cars as well.
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