2015 Ford Mustang, Focus and Escape Recalled in Hot States for Faulty Door Latches
Ford Motor Company has discovered a problem with the door latch assembly in select vehicles from the past few model years, including the 2015 Ford Mustang fastback, the 2013-2015 Ford Focus, the 2013-2015 Ford Escape and a few other low volume models. Interestingly, this recall will only apply to vehicles located in select areas around the country where ambient air temperatures are, on average, the highest in the country.
The Door Latch Recall Explained
Ford engineers have discovered that when the door latch assemblies of the 2015 Mustang and the rest of the vehicles listed below are exposed to long periods of very high temperatures, there is a small component inside of the latch assembly called the pawl spring tab which is more prone to breaking. Should the pawl spring tab break, the door latch will not secure the door in place, allowing the door to fall back open.
This problem is most likely to happen when the owner of the Ford Mustang or one of these other Motor Company vehicles slams the door shut, so in those cases, it is more of a painful inconvenience than a safety issue.
However, if the tab breaks in a fashion where the driver or passenger of the Mustang is able to get the door to seem like it is properly latched – the door could call open when the vehicle is in motion. That creates a far greater safety risk and unfortunately, Ford has received reports of one accident and one injury which could be related to this recall.
The key factor to this recall is a high ambient temperature, so the vehicles recalled are only those which are or have been registered in select states with hotter climates. Right now, those locations are limited to Alabama, Arkansas, Arizona, California, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Louisiana, Mississippi, New Mexico, Nevada, Oklahoma, Oregon, Texas, Utah and Washington.
To solve this problem, the Ford dealership will replace the door latch assembly with a new unit, presumably with a pawl spring tab which is more resilient in high temperatures.
The vehicles included in this new Ford Motor Company door latch recall are listed below. Keep in mind that if you have one of the vehicles on the list below, but you do not live in one of the states listed above, you vehicle may not be included in this recall. If you live in a state bordering one of the states mentioned above, you should contact your local Ford dealership to see if your vehicle might be included in the recall.
2015 Ford Mustang
2014-2016 Ford Transit Connect
2012-2015 Ford Focus
2012-2015 Ford Escape
2012-2015 Ford C-Max
2015 Lincoln MKC