Ford is recalling more than 45,000 vehicles due to door latch issues.
The recall covers 2015 Ford Fiesta, 2016 Ford Fusion, and 2016 Lincoln MKZ vehicles, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
The automaker said the latch pawl spring tab design is susceptible to cracking and failure in areas with high ambient temperatures. A door latch with a fractured pawl spring tab typically results in a “door will not close” condition.
Difficulty latching a door while closing or a door that rebounds while attempting to shut it, or repeated efforts needed to engage a broken latch would be an overt signal to the customer that the latch needs service.
A door that is unlatched while driving may be accompanied by a “door ajar” indicator light, chime, dome light illumination and/or increased wind noise.
Owners will be notified by mail and instructed to take their vehicle to a Ford or Lincoln dealer to inspect the door latch date codes. If any of the door latch date codes are from the suspect time frame, dealers will replace all four side door latches. There will be no charge for this service.
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