According to The Detroit News, Ford is recalling 6534 units of the 2013 Focus, C-Max, and Escape models. The recall concerns faulty child locks on the left rear door, which could potentially fail.
The Problem: The report states that “the child lock may not engage when the operator uses normal turning force to activate the child lock, and the operator may incorrectly believe the child lock is engaged.” The issue stems from a mixed stock of parts from a supplier, which led to some of the locks being installed incorrectly at the factory during assembly. The Detroit News says that Ford has yet to be notified of any crashes or injuries relating to the faulty locks.
The Fix: Ford will begin notifying owners of affected vehicles later this month. If the child locks were installed incorrectly, dealers will replace the door latch.
Number of Vehicles Potentially Affected: A total of 6534 Focus, C-Max, and Escape vehicles that were built between November 16-21, 2013 at Ford’s Wayne, MI and Louisville, KY plants. 859 of the vehicles were apparently sold in Canada.
Ford representatives were unavailable for comment on the recall at the time of publication. UPDATE: We were able to reach a Ford representative who confirmed the details of the earlier report.
Source: The Detroit News