Ford Focus Door Latches Under NHTSA Investigation

Stephen Elmer
by Stephen Elmer

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) is launching an investigation into alleged faulty door latches on 2012 and 2013 Ford Focus sedans and hatchbacks.

According to the agency, 73 drivers have reported issues with the door latches while the car was both stationary and moving. One driver in the San Antonio area reported that their driver’s door flew open while on the move, while another complaint alleged that an injury was sustained when a door bounced back at the person who shut it.

SEE ALSO: Ford Door Latch Recall Expanded by 156K

The driver of the car in San Antonio told NHTSA that Ford is aware of the failure, but told him or her that a recall wouldn’t be conducted.

Last year, 456,000 Lincoln MKZs along with Ford Fusions and Fiestas were recalled for door latch issues as the result of a NHTSA investigation.

If a pattern is found by NHTSA’s staff, they can force Ford to conduct a recall.

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Stephen Elmer
Stephen Elmer

Stephen covers all of the day-to-day events of the industry as the News Editor at AutoGuide, along with being the AG truck expert. His truck knowledge comes from working long days on the woodlot with pickups and driving straight trucks professionally. When not at his desk, Steve can be found playing his bass or riding his snowmobile or Sea-Doo. Find Stephen on <A title="@Selmer07 on Twitter" href="http://www.twitter.com/selmer07">Twitter</A> and <A title="Stephen on Google+" href="http://plus.google.com/117833131531784822251?rel=author">Google+</A>

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  • Jimbo124816 Jimbo124816 on Jan 21, 2016

    Spray a little white silicone grease on the latch, people. A person is responsible to maintain their car.

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