The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has issued a
record number of motor vehicle recalls for the first half of 2016. Ford
Motor Co. recently announced a large recall involving 830,000 2012-2016
Ford and Lincoln vehicles. Due to a defect, the side doors of the vehicles
could open unexpectedly.
The Ford recall includes certain 2013 to 2015 Ford Escape SUVs and C-Max
cars, and 2012 to 2015 Ford Focus cars. Defective door latches may also
be found in 2014 to 2016 Ford Transit Connect vans and Ford Mustang sports
cars, as well as Lincoln MKC SUVs from 2015. According to Ford, a defective
spring part can break, stopping the doors from latching. Last year, the
automaker recalled 692,000 vehicles for a similar latch problem.
To date, Ford is aware of one reported accident and one reported injury
that may be linked to the faulty latches. Because the latches seem to
fail more frequently in warmer climates,
Ford is focusing the auto recall primarily in Alabama, Arkansas, Arizona, California, Florida, Georgia,
Hawaii, Louisiana, Mississippi, New Mexico, Nevada, Oklahoma, Texas, Utah,
Oregon and Washington.
For vehicles that are impacted, dealers will replace side door latches
at no cost. If a vehicle's door latch is broken, Ford will provide
a one-time replacement at no charge for the life of the vehicle.
If you or someone you care about has suffered serious harm due to a defective
vehicle, you may be entitled to compensation. For more information, please contact
a San Diego product liability attorney at the Law Offices of Robert Vaage
for a free consultation.