- Ford has issued a recall for 248,912 vehicles in the U.S. over faulty door latches.
- The recall covers three sedans: the Ford Fiesta and Fusion and the Lincoln MKZ.
- The automaker will notify owners of the recall by May 4. Until then, owners can check the NHTSA recall site to see if their vehicle is affected.
Ford has issued a recall for nearly 250,000 vehicles in the U.S. and nearly 20,000 in Mexico for a door latch problem. The problem is with the latch pawl’s spring-tab design. It can degrade in high temperatures and thus will not be secured when the door is shut. Ford says that even if an owner gets the door to latch after repeated attempts, it is still possible that it will become unlatched during driving.
The recall includes three Ford sedans: the 2014–2015 Ford Fiesta, the 2014–2016 Ford Fusion, and the 2014–2016 Lincoln MKZ. The automaker says that it is not aware of any accidents or injuries resulting from the problem. The affected vehicles have been or currently are registered in Alabama, Arizona, Arkansas, California, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Louisiana, Mississippi, Nevada, Oklahoma, Oregon, South Carolina, Texas, Utah, Washington, and federal territories.
To fix the recall, dealers will replace the door latch with one that doesn’t degrade in high temperatures. Owners will be notified of the recall starting May 4 and in the meantime can check the NHTSA recall site to see if their vehicle is involved.