Ford has added nearly 400,000 more vehicles to its 2015 recall tally, following a complaint regarding faulty door latches that can apparently lead to the affected doors swinging open without warning. A total of 389,585 Ford Fiestas, Fusions and Lincoln MKZ sedans manufactured between 2012 and 2014 are being called back in for an essential fix, which Ford has stated will be carried out at no cost to the driver.
In the official notice from Ford, the automaker speaks of a problem with the ‘pawl spring tab’ which in affected models is prone to breaking and can lead to the doors being improperly secured. In the worst case scenario, the car’s doors could open while the vehicle was in motion. So far, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has received over 200 complaints regarding the door latch issue, with at least 65 reports of the doors of the car opening while in motion. An official investigation into the fault was started by the NHTSA in September last year, though it’s only now that the recall has been made official.
Ford itself claims to have received over 1,000 warranty claims regarding the door latch issue. No serious accidents or incidents have yet been attributed to the fault, though Ford confirmed that at least two individuals have so far been hurt after trying to close the car’s doors only to have them swing back out and collide with them.