Almost 400,000 Ford models have been recalled because of a defective door latch. The defect may cause doors to open suddenly and unexpectedly. The recall includes certain model years of the Fiesta, Fusion and Lincoln MKZ. If your vehicle is included, you should receive a notification in the mail from Ford.
The defect in the door latch has been found to prevent the door from closing properly and securely. A part in the spring assembly could potentially break, which causes the whole latch not to work. As a result, the door could open, even as the vehicle is in motion. This could cause a distraction on the road that could lead to an auto accident, or it could cause someone who is not properly belted in to fall out of the moving vehicle. According to NBC Bay Area, there have thus far been two reports of people who suffered shoulder pain when the door sprang back and hit them after the doors had been closed. NBC also says one person reported an accident in a parking lot when the door came open and hit another vehicle.
Models included in the recall are:
- Some 2012-2014 Ford Fiestas
- All 2013 Ford Fusions
- Some 2014 Ford Fusions
- All 2013 Lincoln MKZs
- Some 2014 Lincoln MKZs
If you want to know right now whether your car is included in the recall, you can enter your Vehicle Identification Number (VIN) at the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration's www.safercar.gov/vin. If your vehicle is affected, you will be able to take it to the dealership and have the defective door latch replaced at no cost.