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2017 Ford Mustang Recalled for a Troublesome Driver's Door Handle


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Ford Motor Company has issued a compliance recall for the 2017 Mustang over a concern that the driver’s side door handle assembly might not be correctly installed – increasing the chances of the door swinging open in the event of an accident and increasing the likelihood of injury.

Living in the age of the automotive recall, we are prone to see some safety recalls which don’t actually pose any safety risk and this new Ford Mustang recall is one of them. The problem at cause for this recall doesn’t make the Mustang any less safe when being driven down the road, but in the event of an accident – this problem could increase the chances of the driver being injured.

2017 Ford Mustang Door Handle Recall
This new recall of the 2017 Ford Mustang focuses on the driver’s side inside door handle or, more specifically, the return spring of the driver’s side inside door handle.` Ford believes that a batch of 2017 Mustangs may have been built with a driver’s side door handle return spring which have been “misoriented” during assembly.

If the driver’s side inner door handle return spring of a 2017 Ford Mustang is “misoriented”, that spring is more likely to come unseated. In the event of an accident in a Mustang in which the driver’s side door handle return spring has become unseated, the forces experienced during the impact could cause the door to swing open.

Of course, having your driver’s door swing open during a side-impact increases the chances of injury, exposing the driver of the Mustang to flying debris or increasing the chances of ejecting a driver who is not wearing a seatbelt.

The good news is that Ford is unaware of any injuries caused by this problem and considering all of the variables involved, the odds of the return spring recall causing an issue are fairly slim. However, as is the case with any mechanical problem which could lead to an increased risk of injury in an accident – the Motor Company is getting the cars back to the dealership to address the issue right away.

Ford Motor Company believes that all of the 2017 Mustangs affected by this recall were built at the Flat Rock facility between January 13th and January 31st, 2017. In total, 5,756 Mustangs are affected around North America, with 5,470 in the USA, 266 in Canada and 20 in Mexico. The company will notify all of these owners, asking them to return to their local dealership where a technician will inspect the driver’s side inner door handle assembly. If the spring is fine, you will be sent on your way and if the spring is “misoriented”, the technician will make repairs to ensure that the door assembly works as it is intended.

This work will be performed to the 2017 Ford Mustang free of charge to the customers. If you own a 2017 Mustang built in mid-to-late January, you can check with the dealership for more information under the reference number 17C04.


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