Another recall involves more than 210,000 vehicles, including versions of Ford’s 2013 and 2014 Fusion, 2014 Fiesta and 2014 Lincoln MKZ. A tab in the vehicles’ side door latch could potentially break and result in the door’s opening while the vehicle is in motion. Fortunately, no one reported any accidents or injuries from this problem.
This isn’t the first Ford recall linked to door latch issues. Since 2014, the company has recalled nearly 4 million vehicles, including 2.4 million last year, due to this problem. Ford has also recently recalled more than 5,000 of its 2017 Mustangs for a door latch issue in which the return spring on the driver’s side interior door handle could cause the door to unlatch in the event of a side impact collision.
The Recalls Keep On Coming
In another recall, Ford has just announced that more than 52,000 pickups in North America could potentially roll over when the driver puts the vehicle in the park position. This recall includes 2017 F-250 trucks with 6.2-liter engines that were manufactured at the company’s Louisville, Kentucky, plant. Again, there have been no injuries or accidents reported related to this issue.
In late March, Nissan North America recalled more than 50,000 of its 2013 and 2014 Muranos due to concern that the power steering hose clamp could inadequately secure the hose, causing it to detach and leak fluid and thus increase fire risk if the fluid leaks onto such heat sources as exhaust components or a hot engine.
Another recent recall due to the potential for leaking involves more than 20,000 Volkswagen 2007-2010 Touaregs. Volkswagen Group of America announced this recall out of concern that the fuel filter flange could potentially crack, allowing fuel to leak and increase the fire risk if the leak were located near ignition sources.
On the same date, Volkswagen announced its recall of more than 1,600 model 2017 Audi A5 and S5 Cabriolets due to concern that a component in the seat belt anchor pretensioners could detach, become a projectile and potentially cause injury to passengers in the cabin of the vehicle in the event of a crash.
Another recall due to a seat belt-related issue affects more than 970,000 Hyundai 2011-2014 Sonatas and 2011-2015 Sonata Hybrids. Hyundai Motor America’s late-March recall announcement was based on the potential that the front seat belt linkages could detach from the pretensioners and thus increase the possibility of injury in the event of a collision.
My Car Has Been Recalled: Now What?
In the case of most recalls, the automaker will notify the owner that the dealer will make any necessary repairs or replacement free of charge. If you believe your vehicle has been affected by a recall, it’s a good idea to contact your dealer or the auto manufacturer to make sure.