Ford has announced a massive recall of more than 830,000 vehicles in the United States and Mexico due to an issue with the vehicles’ door handles. According to Ford, the pawl spring tab in the side door latch of the affected vehicles has been known to break, causing the doors to fail to latch and possibly open while driving. As it stands, only one reported accident and one injury have been connected to the defect.
Affected vehicles include:
- 2013-2015 Ford C-Max
- 2012-2015 Ford Focus
- 2013-2015 Ford Escape
- 2015 Lincoln MKC
- 2015 Ford Mustang
- 2014-2014 Ford Transit Connect
Since the issue has primarily been linked to cars in states with hot weather, the recall is primarily focused in the states of Alabama, Arizona, Arkansas, California, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Louisiana, Mississippi, Nevada, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Oregon, Texas, Utah, and Washington. Ford dealers will replace all latches in the recall states, and will replace latches that break in other states at no cost to consumers.
The recall comes roughly six months after an investigation of Ford was opened by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) in response to complaints that the manufacturer’s vehicles’ doors would not remain latched. In some instances, car owners have reported having to physically tie down the door to prevent it from opening while driving.
If you have been injured by a defective door latch, you may have grounds to pursue compensation for your losses. At The Gilbert Law Group®, our knowledgeable Denver auto defect lawyers have helped numerous injured clients and can fight to ensure your rights are protected.
Call (888) 711-5947 or get in touch with our firm online today to discuss your claim in detail.