Feds probe complaints that Ford Focus doors won’t latch

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DETROIT (AP) — U.S. auto safety regulators are investigating complaints that doors won’t latch properly on about 400,000 Ford Focus compact cars.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration says on its website that the probe covers cars from the 2012 and 2013 model years.

The agency says 73 drivers have reported problems with latches including some who said the doors opened while the cars were moving. One person reported getting hurt by a door that rebounded after an attempt to close it.

The government says the problem is similar to one that caused the recall last year of more than 456,000 Lincoln MKZ and Ford Fusion and Fiesta models. Investigators will check how often the problem happens and could seek a recall.

A message was left Wednesday seeking comment from a Ford spokesman.

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  • rory

    It isn’t just the Focus that has this problem, and it isn’t just the years mentioned. Ford has had ongoing door latch issues for decades. For example, my 2001 Taurus that I got rid of years ago had a problem where the doors would not latch if the outside temperature was below 32°. Several times I had to use bungee cords to keep the driver door closed. I have heard of Ranger owners complain of the same problem. This is only one of a long list of problems I have had with Fords, making it impossible to convince me to drive another Ford again. It’s a lot easier to purchase a car when I write off all Ford products to begin with.

  • Calvin

    That is great…door latches are a cheap fix, so let’s recall them. But the improperly engineered alignment on the 2007-2010 models which causes them to lose control on ice and snow is expensive, so we won’t recall those.
    Typical big 3 approach to customer “service”. Buying a Volvo has been worth every extra up-front penny, and I wouldn’t even consider buying a Ford or a Chrysler product ever again.

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