The Ford Motor Co. said it will recall about 13,100 vehicles for door latches that may fail and cause child safety locks to deactivate.
The Dearborn automaker will recall three 2013 model-year vehicles — the Explorer SUV, Taurus sedan and Lincoln MKS sedan — built at Ford’s Chicago Assembly Plant.
Upon opening or closing a door, the child safety lock may change from “activated” to “deactivated.”
Ford said that no accidents or injuries have been reported.
As part of the recall, dealers will test rear door latches and child safety locks, and replace the latch if necessary.
The affected vehicles, sold in the U.S., Canada and Mexico, were built between Nov. 29 and Dec. 12, 2012.
The problem was first discovered on Dec. 6 during a routine audit, the latch supplier identified a latch with lower-than-expected child safety lock retention torque. On Dec. 7, Ford’s Chicago Assembly Plant was notified of the condition and a stop-ship was issued.
Ford spent months testing the issue, using accelerated testing on each vehicle line.