NHTSA Issues Consumer Safety Advisory for Defective Ford Door Latches

NHTSA Issues Consumer Safety Advisory for Defective Ford Door Latches
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May 1, 2015

In response to Ford Motor Company's recall of approximately 390,000 Ford Fiesta, Ford Fusion and Lincoln MKZ vehicles, The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has issued a consumer safety advisory urging owners of these affected vehicles to watch for notification from Ford and get their vehicle fixed as soon as possible.

The defective door latches on the recalled vehicles can prevent the door from properly closing. This can result in the door opening while the vehicle is moving.

The recall affects certain model year 2012-2014 Ford Fiestas, all model year 2013 Ford Fusions and Lincoln MKZs, and certain model year 2014 Ford Fusions and Lincoln MKZs.

What should you do if you think your vehicle is impacted by this recall?

1) Check your vehicle's identification number (VIN) online at www.safercar.gov/vin to see if it is included in the recall.

2) Keep an eye on the mail for a notice from your vehicle's manufacturer to bring your car in to be fixed.

3) Always wear your seatbelt and make sure everyone riding in your car is buckled up.

4) If you experience difficulty getting the door to latch while attempting to close it, do not drive the vehicle, even if it appears the door has latched. Do not attempt to temporarily secure the door in a closed position (e.g., with a rope or by using the seat belt), and do not have an occupant attempt to hold the door closed while the vehicle is being driven. Be safe and have the vehicle towed to the nearest dealership instead.

5) If the door opens while the vehicle is in motion, pull over immediately and have the vehicle towed to the nearest dealership. Do not attempt to reclose the door or to drive the vehicle.

Consumers with additional questions can contact NHTSA's Vehicle Safety Hotline at (888) 327-4236.