2013 Lincoln MKS, Ford Taurus, Explorer Recalled For Defective Child Safety Locks

July 11, 2013

Ford is recalling certain 2013 model year Lincoln MKS sedans, Ford Taurus sedans and Ford Explorer crossovers to fix a problem with child safety locks.

A notice on the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) website puts the number of vehicles potentially affected by the recall at 12,569. Affected vehicles were built from November 29, 2012 through December 12, 2012.

2013 Ford Taurus Limited

2013 Ford Taurus Limited

The problem

According to the NHTSA bulletin, with sufficient door openings and closings in affected vehicles, the child safety locks may change from an activated to a deactivated position without any prior notice.

The potential consequence of the child safety lock being deactivated is that the door could be opened from the inside by a child. This increases the risk of personal injury to an unrestrained child in the vehicle.

2013 Ford Explorer Sport

2013 Ford Explorer Sport

What Ford will do

Ford plans to notify owners and dealers will inspect the child safety locks in affected vehicles. If necessary, the locks will be replaced. The service will be performed at no charge.

The Ford safety recall, identified as No. 13S07, is expected to begin August 5, 2012. In the meantime, owners of 2013 Lincoln MKS, Ford Taurus and Ford Explorer vehicles with any questions or concerns may contact Ford at 1-866-436-7332.

Alternatively, owners of vehicles involved in the campaign may contact NHTSA’s Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 or go to http://www.safercar.gov.  Reference the NHTSA campaign ID No. 13V270000.

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