By on June 11, 2020

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On Wednesday, Ford Motor Co. announced two safety recalls. One is a brake line issue involving 343,900 F-150 pickups equipped with the 3.5-liter EcoBoost V6. The other relates to door latches — an obnoxiously familiar headache for the company — and encompasses a whopping 2.15 million vehicles from the 2011-15 model years.

Ford says the affected vehicles may not have had all door latches correctly replaced or replaced at all when repaired by dealerships under safety recalls 15S16 or 16S30 — both of which were done fix faulty equipment that was susceptible to failure in direct sunlight.

Apparently, the thermal threshold of the parts wasn’t all that impressive,and a few doors popped open while vehicles were in motion. While the manufacturer said it was unaware of any injuries related to the incidents, having a door randomly pop open on the motorway is universally undesirable.

Ford is going to take another whack at it. 

Ford no doubt hopes it turns out better this time, as the company has already issued similar, door-centric recalls on at least 5 million vehicles since 2015 — at no small expense to itself. Swapping out a door latch may not be the world’s most costly fix, but conducting millions of them will see the bill run up pretty quickly.

The recall covers select Ford Fiesta models, the Focus, Fusion, Mustang, C-Max, Escape, and Transit Connect manufactured between 2010 and 2015. Lincoln’s MKZ and MKC were also impacted.

From Ford:

Owners will be given the option to inspect the door latch date codes and child safety locks and submit latch date codes online to confirm if repairs done under safety recalls 15S16 or 16S30 were completed correctly. The online system will provide instant validation that the door latches are OK or the latches cannot be confirmed and require dealer service.

If a customer does not want to do the inspection, has difficulty completing the inspection, or receives an indication that the latches cannot be validated, dealers will inspect the latch date codes and replace latches as needed. The Ford reference number for this recall is 20S30.

Meanwhile, the EcoBoost recall affects F-Series pickups from MY 2014-17. The trucks may leak brake fluid into the booster, which we don’t need tell you is bad. Anybody suffering from drippy master cylinder should notice warning lights illuminating on the dashboard. Serious issues will be underpinned by worsening brake performance and a pedal that really needs a good mashing to do its job. The rear brakes should be unaffected, however.

Ford said it was aware of seven low-speed accident claims, with two injuries associated with the issue. So take extra care if you’ve recently seen the red brake warning indicator. Dealers will replace the brake master cylinder and, if it is leaking, the brake booster will also be replaced. The Ford reference number for this recall is 20S31.

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15 Comments on “Ford Recalls 2 Million Vehicles Over Bum Door Latches...”


  • avatar
    SCE to AUX

    Some shops have technicians who do nothing but recall work. My math says that if every US Ford/Lincoln dealer handled these over the course of a year, they’d have to do 2-3 a day just to get through this particular recall.

    I can’t imagine being the “door latch guy” or the “DPS-6 transmission guy” doing that work all day long, knowing the fix may not be great and the customer may return.

    The mfrs must have a lot of margin built in to pay for this stuff. There may be no monetary charge to the consumer for recall work, but it costs time and inconvenience to handle it.

    I’m waiting for the recalls on “mobility” to start rolling in, if anyone is brave/stupid enough to deploy a Level 4 AV. Those will be combined with 7-figure lawsuits.

  • avatar
    Lou_BC

    “Bum door latch” Would that be the hatch or trunk latch?

  • avatar
    forward_look

    “An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure”, said nobody in Dearborn, ever.

  • avatar
    bolhuijo

    I had a RAV4 when they had to recall the rear control arms that could suddenly snap and cause a rear wheel steering event. I had the same RAV4 when they recalled it again for the exact same thing because some of them may not have been done properly. Now I have an Escape with bum door latches. Welp.

  • avatar
    EBFlex

    Typical Ford. Design such garbage that even after its fixed it continues to break. Big Al must be proud of his legacy of recalls and astoundingly poor quality vehicles he left behind.

    Although I think Hack Job is is trying to out do him.

  • avatar
    SuperCarEnthusiast

    Ford is looking like an Italian car manufacturer in terms of reliability! Ford must choose the cheapest components now because the “drive” to increase profit margin boomerang on them and resulted in increasing costs over time! Stupid cost cost cutting move years ago that ends up with a nightmare in repairs afterwards.

  • avatar
    crtfour

    Holy cow. Why do people still fork over their hard earned money for Fords at this point? I understand the truck market is limited and may justify a purchase, but in other vehicle classes it seems like a product from any other brand (even Hyundai/Kia) would be a smarter choice that one of these union built “quality is job 1” units.

    • 0 avatar
      EBFlex

      Because they are incapable of critical thought. They’re not smart people and they have a desire to waste their money on overpriced garbage

    • 0 avatar
      Art Vandelay

      I’ll play.

      1. I lease typically with the exception of my trucks. As such much of the issues with Fords just don’t apply to me.

      2. Show me the better competitor to my Fiesta ST which was my last Ford lease bearing in mind my price new was right at 16,500 bucks.

      3. My Fords combined (15 F-150 XLT and 18 Fiesta ST) have had fewer recalls and shop visits COMBINED than my wife’s Santa Fe Sport. Furthermore the recalls on the truck have been for things like door latches…not “Sorry about the metal shavings we left in your engine maybe…our bad” Zero recalls or shop trips for the ST.

      4. The big Ford problems (mainly automatic transmissions in cars) are outside of my typical purchase habits.

      I am happy to call them out on some of their boneheaded stuff and frankly were I buying long term (not a truck) I would think long and hard about it. I am also pretty choosy with what I get with respect to the components in that particular trim level. The ST for example. the big Fiesta issues (powershift and Sync 2) are not applicable to my car outside of sullying the models reputation and getting a pile of cash on the hood. The only other known problem is the blend door actuator which I am capable of fixing so no problem (mine has been fine though). When I looked at Mustangs I was avoiding the MT82 equipped cars (big reason I went elsewhere honestly).

      But at the end of the day, long term reliability (outside of my trucks and wife’s sleds) just isn’t at the top of my list. Thank God as I would have missed out on some fabulous Itallian and German metal in my lifetime. If your top priority is how it will hold up a decade from now, by all means, I would not buy a Ford, again, Save trucks. this is applicable to several other brands (would I have signed up long term for my Challenger?! Not in a million years). Toyota is there for those buyers. But That isn’t all of us. The Fords I purchased of late were because they drove better than the competition and put a giant smile on my face. Those tended to be “toy cars” though…not their daily driver fodder. I’d go elsewhere for whatever crossover my wife wants.

      The Mustang transmission bit is sad though…they are fantastic cars otherwise and I hate to scratch them off as I think the GT with a stick and the handling package is wonderful.

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