Ford Recalls 2011-2013 Explorer For Door Latches; Hearses, Ambulances For Other Issues

March 25, 2015

Ford Motor Co. is recalling some 2011-2013 Ford Explorer models, as well as Ford Police Interceptor Utility vehicles, for an issue that may prevent the door from staying latched in a side-impact crash.

The recall affects 212,911 vehicles—including 194,484 for the U.S.—built at the automaker’s Chicago plant during particular periods in 2011 and 2012.

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At issue is the spring that controls interior door handles. Ford says that if the spring isn’t properly seated, the door could become unlatched in a crash—potentially increasing the chance of injury.

To remedy the issue, dealerships will look at all four interior door-handle assemblies, and they’ll repair or replace them as necessary.

Commercial-vehicle recalls also announced

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Separately, Ford announced two other recalls that affect smaller numbers of commercial vehicles. 2013-2015 Lincoln MKT limo and hearse vehicles potentially have a vacuum pump relay issue that could result in an underhood fire. That issue potentially affects 1,725 vehicles (1,586 in the U.S.) built at Oakville, Ontario, between March 6, 2012 and March 4, 2015.

And 2011-2013 Ford F-Series Super Duty ambulances and 2015 Ford F-Series Super Duty ambulance and emergency vehicles with 6.7-liter diesel engines are subject to an issue with the exhaust-gas sensor system. In affected vehicles (6,472 for North America and 6,322 in the U.S.), a sensor malfunction might cause a high-temperature condition—the type of issue that might cause rough-running or other emissions-related problems.

The remedy on the MKT limo and hearse is a new fuel pump relay, while for the Super Duty diesel models it’s a software upgrade.

Ford says that it isn’t aware of injuries for any of these three issues mentioned.

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