Ford Recalls Nearly 250,000 Vehicles in the US Due to Door Latch Issue

By Lorenz Duchamps

Ford Motor Company announced on March 24 they are issuing a car safety recall in North America and Mexico due to a door latch issue.

The recall involves around 268,000 vehicles, about 249,000 in the United States and nearly 20,000 in Mexico, according to a Ford statement.

The following models from 2014 to 2016 are included in the recall:

  • 2014-15 Ford Fiesta vehicles built at Cuautitlán Stamping and Assembly Plant, Nov. 1, 2013, to Dec. 4, 2014
  • 2014-16 Ford Fusion vehicles built at Flat Rock Assembly Plant and Hermosillo Assembly Plant, Nov. 1, 2013, to April 27, 2015
  • 2014-16 Lincoln MKZ vehicles built at Hermosillo Assembly Plant, Nov. 1, 2013, to April 27, 2015

“In affected vehicles, the latch pawl spring-tab design is susceptible to cracking and failure in areas with high ambient temperatures. A door latch with a fractured pawl spring tab typically results in a ‘door will not close’ condition,” Ford said in the statement.

“If the customer is able to latch the door after repeated attempts, there is a potential the door may unlatch while driving, increasing the risk of injury.”

Ford also said there have not been any reports of accidents or injuries related to the safety issue.

Anyone with the affected models should go to their Ford dealer and mention the recall number 20S15 to have the side door latches removed and replaced.

The affected models are or have been previously registered in Alabama, Arizona, Arkansas, California, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Louisiana, Mississippi, Nevada, Oklahoma, Oregon, South Carolina, Texas, Utah, Washington state, and federal territories, Ford said.