The past one year have not been type to Ford's home latches.
In March of 2015, the automaker recalled about 212, 000 Explorer SUVs from 2011-2013 to change latches that may pop available during collisions. Two months later on, 156, 000 Ford Fiesta, Fusion, and Lincoln MKZ models from 2012, 2013, and 2014 had been remembered with their very own latch problems that might allow doors to open while cars were in movement.
Today, the National Highway visitors security Administration features launched a study of Ford Focus cars, including the Ford Focus Electric, over door latches. The main focus' issue appears much like the the one that affected the Fiesta, Fusion, and MKZ - also it occurs to affect automobiles through the exact same model-years.
Currently, NHTSA has gotten 73 grievances from Focus owners. In accordance with agency papers:
"Complainants alleged that the door(s) didn't latch, with a number of reports indicating the "door ajar" warning light in the dash appeared. Some drivers allege that door opened although the car had been driven. Complainants with a failed door latch suggest that sometimes the doorway had to be physically tied down seriously to keep closed although some ended driving the automobile from fear of the entranceway orifice while operating."
At least one for the issues reported an accident, which lead when a home rebounded after a consumer tried to shut it. NHTSA states that descriptions associated with Focus' latch failures seem much like the ones that are from the Fiesta, Fusion, and MKZ.
NHTSA's research associated with the Ford Focus is within what exactly is known as the Preliminary Evaluation period. In this phase, the company works with Ford to look at complaints and recognize patterns. Based on NHTSA's findings, the probe could proceed to an Engineering testing, whenever NHTSA will make an effort to replicate the main focus' problems in lab settings. Tests like those should determine whether NHTSA requests a full or partial recall for the Focus.