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Ford door latch recall: Doors may open while driving

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Samoa Motors, Inc. says it has no units affected by these recalls.
Source: Consumer Reports

Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — A Ford door latch recall involves more than 45,000 model year 2015 Ford Fiesta, 2016 Ford Fusion and 2016 Lincoln MKZ vehicles with doors that may open while driving. The recall involves models sold in American Samoa and Hawaii.

A complete list for the recall includes:

Alabama, Arkansas, Arizona, California, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Louisiana, Mississippi, New Mexico, Nevada, Oklahoma, Oregon, South Carolina, Texas, Utah, Washington, Puerto Rico, American Samoa, Guam, the Northern Mariana Islands (Saipan) and the U.S. Virgin Islands.

Ford says a component inside the door latch may break and make it difficult to latch or possibly allow the doors to open while driving.

This recall is an expansion of a March 2020 Ford door latch recall.

"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

Ford learned of a 2016 Fusion with door latch problems in August and a review of complaints showed all the vehicles were built between April 28, 2015, and May 23, 2015. This indicated the March 2020 Ford door latch recall may not have been accurate.

Apparently there were more faulty latches in stock when the supplier and Ford believed there were none.

As of October 18, 2023, Ford is aware of 14 door latch warranty claims and 39 complaints between October 8, 2015, and August 21, 2023.

However, Ford is not aware of any reports of crashes or injuries related to the door latches.

An occupant may notice problems when latching the doors or experiencing a door that rebounds when trying to shut it closed. A driver should notice a door ajar warning light, a chime, wind noise or an illuminated dome light.

Ford dealers will inspect the door latch date codes and possibly replace all four door latches.

Ford door latch recall letters are expected to be mailed today, Dec. 4, 2023.

In an email to Samoa News,  Samoa Motors, Inc.  says it has no units affected by these recalls.

Ford Door Latch Recall Details

Vehicles Recalled
• Ford Fiesta sedans and hatchbacks manufactured between Dec. 5, 2014, and Jan. 30, 2015.
• Ford Fusion sedans manufactured between Dec. 13, 2014, and July 31, 2015.
• Lincoln MKZ sedans manufactured between Dec. 13, 2014, and July 31, 2015.

The problem: A part within the door known as the latch pawl spring tab may break if exposed to high ambient temperatures. If this part breaks, the door will not close properly.

The fix: Ford dealerships will replace faulty door latches on all four vehicle doors, free of charge. The automaker may also be able to reimburse owners who paid for this repair out of pocket before the recall was issued.

How to contact the manufacturer: Owners may call Ford at 866-436-7332.

NHTSA campaign number: 23V775. Ford’s own number for this recall is 20S15. This recall is an expansion of NHTSA recall number 20V177.  

Check to see whether your vehicle has an open recall: NHTSA’s website will tell you whether your vehicle has any open recalls that need to be addressed.

If you plug your car’s 17-digit vehicle identification number (VIN) into NHTSA’s website and a recall doesn’t appear, it means your vehicle doesn’t currently have one. Because automakers issue recalls often, and for many older vehicles, we recommend checking back regularly.