Back in March, Ford recalled more than 212,000 Ford Explorers from the 2011-2013 model years to replace faulty door latches that could spring open during a collision, increasing the risk of damage to occupants.
Last month, perhaps in response to an investigation by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, the automaker recalled the 2012-2014 Ford Fiesta, 2013-2014 Ford Fusion, and 2013-2014 Lincoln MKZ. Some of those vehicles suffer from a slightly different latch problem than the Explorer -- one that can prevent the vehicles' doors from closing or allow them to swing open while the vehicle is moving.
Now, Ford has expanded the latter door-latch recall, adding the following makes and models to the fix-it list:
- 2011-14 Ford Fiesta built at Cuautitlán Assembly Plant between November 3, 2009 and May 31, 2013
- 2013-14 Ford Fusion vehicles built at Hermosillo Assembly Plant between February 1, 2012 and May 31, 2013
- 2014 Ford Fusion vehicles built at Flat Rock Assembly Plant between April 12, 2013 and April 26, 2013
- 2013-14 Lincoln MKZ vehicles built at Hermosillo Assembly Plant between February 1, 2012 and May 31, 2013
(Note: some of those overlap with previously recalled models and model-years, but they affect vehicles made on different dates and at different factories. Also note: this is the second large-scale recall of the Fusion and MKZ in less than a week.)
All told, this adds 156,000 vehicles to the door-latch recall, bringing the total number of vehicles affected to 545,906. Of those, 456,440 are registered in the U.S., 50,681 are registered in Canada, and 38,785 are registered in Mexico.
Ford says that after owners receive a recall notice in the mail, they'll be able to take their vehicle to a Ford dealer, who will replace all four door latches at no charge. If you have additional questions, we encourage you to call Ford Customer Service at 800-392-3673.