For the third time in just a few years, Ford is recalling around 2.5 million vehicles due to defects in both doors and brakes. Read on to see if this recall could affect you.
Defective Door Latch
2.1 million vehicles were recalled due to a defect that causes the door latch to fail. This is not new for the automaker, which has recalled vehicles for the same issue twice before.
According to a statement on Wednesday, the previous door latch recalls were made because pawl spring tabs could either break or cease to work if the environment around the vehicle became too hot. This issue is particularly hazardous in desert environments. Ford fears that some previously-recalled vehicles were not repaired properly.
Usually, when a door latch is defective, the door to the vehicle won’t close at all. But on occasion car doors will close only to reopen while the vehicle is in motion. This second instance is highly dangerous for obvious reasons.
This door latch issue has been seen in cars, SUVs, and vans, but not in truck models. Ford has put out an alert for drivers of the following models:
- 2013-2015 Ford Escape
- 2013-2015 Ford C-Max
- 2012-2015 Ford Focus
- 2013-2014 Ford Fusion
- 2013-2014 Lincoln MKZ
- 2015 Lincoln MKC
- 2015 Ford Mustang
- 2014-2016 Ford Transit Connect
Owners of these models should look at their latch date codes. Once they’ve found the code on the car, owners can check-in on the Ford website, which will inform them of next steps.
Leaking Brake Fluid
Ford is recalling another 344,000 F-150 pickup trucks in order to address an issue in the brake master cylinder. In affected cases, fluid can leak from the master cylinder that controls the front brakes. Leaking can greatly weaken them.
One potential consequence is a much larger stopping distance, as the back of the car is dragged a few feet by the in-motion front wheels. While this may seem insignificant when driving on back roads or at slow speeds, it could prove fatal on a freeway or a crowded urban street if brakes do not respond as expected or, worse, if they are completely unresponsive.
Ford has already reported seven crashes associated with this issue. Fortunately, these drivers were moving at a low speed. Only two were injured. Still, the F Series trucks are Ford’s most popular model in the U.S., making the defect both a safety and a PR disaster. The brake recall pertains to F-150s from 2014 to 2017, with 3.5-liter turbocharged engines.
Ford stock dropped 6% on Wednesday following the bad news. A recall of this magnitude is sure to put a dent in Ford’s bottom line, especially at a time when vehicle purchasing is at a decade low.