Ford recalls 2013 Focus, Escape, C-Max vehicles over child lock problem
Ford has announced it is recalling roughly 6,500 model year 2013 vehicles in North America due to a child safety lock problem. The recall affects 2013 Ford Focus, Escape and C-Max vehicles that may contain an incorrectly installed rear door child lock. Ford says that the safety recall concerns 5,675 vehicles in the United States and 859 in Canada. There have been no reports of crashes or injuries related to the recall, according to the automaker. The affected vehicles were manufactured from Nov. 16-21, 2012 at Ford’s Michigan Assembly plant.
According to documents filed with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, "The child lock may not engage when the operator uses normal turning force to activate the child lock, and the operator may incorrectly believe the child lock is engaged."
Ford first became aware of the child safety lock issue on Nov. 20 at its Wayne plant. Upon discovering the problem, Ford launched an investigation. The automaker later discovered that a Tier 3 supplier had shipped a mixed stock of parts, which led to the problematic latches.