A Ford recall involving faulty door latches is getting bigger. The automaker is adding another 1.5 million vehicles to an original recall at the request of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
The issue is the door latches may fail, and cause the doors to either not latch in the first place, or actually unlatch while the vehicle in motion. It’s due to a spring tab in the door that could break. The problem is potentially linked to one accident and three injuries to date, according to the automaker.
The original recall in August involved 830,000 vehicles in regions with “higher ambient temperatures and solar loading.” Ford says the problem was more frequently reported in those areas. The expanded recall adds 34 states, several U.S. territories and Canada to the original recall, according to Automotive News.
Affected vehicles include the 2013-15 Ford C-MAX and Ford Escape, 2012-15 Ford Focus, 2015 Ford Mustang and Lincoln MKC and 2014-16 Ford Transit Connect.
Dealers will replace the side door latches at no cost to the customer.
Ford will begin notifying owners during the week of October 3. Owners can also head to www.ford.com, click under safety recalls and enter their VIN number to see if their vehicle is on the recall list.