Ford doesn’t sell the Fiesta, Fusion, or Lincoln MKZ in the United States anymore, but the automaker recently recalled all three for an interesting problem. High temperatures can crack part of the rear door latch, causing the door to open while driving.
A total of 45,173 cars are involved in the recall, including 198 2015 Ford Fiestas, 41,061 2016 Fusions, and 3,914 2016 MKZs. Though the vehicles are different sizes, shapes, and types, they share door latch assemblies as part of the Ford family.
The recall notes that only cars registered in warm states are affected, such as Arizona, California, Florida, and Texas. A spring in the rear door latch can crack in hot weather, leading to a “door ajar” warning or the door fully opening while the car is in motion. Owners may be able to shut the door after a few attempts, but the whole open door while driving thing is still a problem.
Ford said it is not aware of any injuries or crashes related to the problem but noted that dealers have received 14 warranty claims for the issue since late 2015. A previous recall issued in 2020 involved many more cars for a similar issue. That action wrapped up 248,912 cars with similar door spring problems related to living life in hot-weather states.
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