The New York Times recently ran a report about how much the Ford door latch recall is going to cost the automaker. According to the story in The Times, the price tag for replacing all the defective door latches will be somewhere in the neighborhood of $640 million. However, this shouldn’t be an issue for a company that was looking at an estimated year-end pretax profit of $10.8 billion, which has now been lowered to $10.2 billion.
What Is Wrong with the Door Latches on Ford’s Vehicles?
Ford has issued two recalls concerning the door latch defect. The first recall took place on August 4, 2016 and included over 800,000 vehicles. The second recall was issued on September 8, 2016, with Ford adding 1.5 million cars, vans and trucks to the original 800,000. Between the two recalls, Ford will have to fix door latches on close to 2.4 million vehicles. The vehicles models Ford is recalling include but are not limited to the following:
- 2012-2015 Ford Focus
- 2013-2015 Ford Escape
- 2015 Ford Mustang
- 2013-2015 Ford C-Max
- 2015 Lincoln MKC
- 2014-2016 Ford Transit Connect
Even though the recalls were only first issued in 2016, according to the article in The Times, Ford owners have been reporting the issue since 2014. Reportedly, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) received around 1,200 reports regarding Ford door latches failing prior to the recalls. The problem with the door latches involves the spring tab mechanism, which can break. If the spring tab breaks, it can either lead to the door being unable to be closed or opening on its own at any time. Ford has said it has received reports of three injuries and one car accident that may have been caused due to the defective door latch issue.
Check out our Auto Defects page if you have questions about what to do if your car is recalled.