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Ford Expands Recall for Car Doors That Fly Open

The 2014 Lincoln MKZ is under recall for faulty door latches. (Photo: Lincoln)
The 2014 Lincoln MKZ is under recall for faulty door latches. (Photo: Lincoln)

Alisa Priddle, Detroit Free Press


(USA Today) — Ford is expanding by another 156,000 the number of vehicles being recalled for door latch problems at the directive of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, bringing the total to 545,906 vehicles in North America that need to be checked for the problem.

The expanded recall includes 2011-14 Ford Fiestas built in Mexico, 2014 Lincoln MKZ’s built in Mexico and 2013-4 Ford Fusions build in Mexico and Michigan.

The problem is a broken pawl spring tab which prevents the door from latching properly which means the door could open while driving. There has been one accident incident reported where the door swung open and hit another vehicle in a parking lot. And there have been two reported incidents where customers say they tried to shut the door and it bounced back, causing minor injuries.

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