U.S. automotive giant Ford has acceded to the National Highway Traffic
Safety Administration’s request to expand a recall of vehicles with
faulty doors, reports
USA Today. The defect involves doors that fly open when the vehicles are driven.
Last month, the company issued the initial recall, and this month it has
added 1.5 million more, an action that brings the number of total recalls
to 2.4 million.
Consequently, Ford said its third-quarter earnings would be less than what
they have calculated. They estimate the recall repairs will cost $640
billion. Therefore, the firm reduced its third-quarter profit from $10.8
to $10.2 billion.
The cause of the defective doors lies in a faulty part termed the pawl
spring tab. It can break, and when this happens, the door fails to close
properly. "A door that opens while driving increases the risk of
injury," Ford says in a statement. The company reported one accident
and three injuries have occurred due to the malfunctioning doors.
This recall includes the 2014-2016 Ford Transit Connect, 2013-2015 Ford
C-MAX and Ford Escape, 2015 Ford Mustang and Lincoln MKC and 2012-2015
Ford Focus. If you own one of the defective vehicles, the automaker will
repair the door at no charge.
While the current recall involves faulty doors, Ford recalled other vehicles
in 2007 due to a fire hazard. For more information, see
Fire Safety Recall: Ford Motor Company Issues Expanded Recall Over Cruise Control.
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