By: Russell Maas | Published: July 18th, 2013
A recall has been issued for roughly 12,600 Ford and Lincoln cars and SUVs, due to reports that indicate the child locks on the rear doors may fail, allowing children to open the doors from inside the vehicle, which may pose a hazardous situation for children.
The Ford and Lincoln vehicle child safety lock recall (PDF) was announced by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) on July 9, after the manufacturer became aware that child safety locks in the back seats may fail after opening and closing the doors enough times.
Although there are no reported incidents or injuries connected to the child safety lock recall, parents are urged to contact dealers to have the locks replaced free of charge beginning next month.
After repetitive opening and shutting of the doors, the locking mechanism may shift to the unlocked position without intent, posing a personal injury hazard to the unrestrained child. According to a letter to the NHTSA from Ford (PDF), the problem is likely due to an improperly formed child safety lock component.
The recall impacts 2013 Ford Explorer, Taurus, and Lincoln MKS vehicles manufactured from November 29 through December 12, 2012. Ford was notified the child safety feature may be faulty from its supplier Brose, NA of Auburn Hills, Michigan.
Ford Motor Company is preparing the recall notice and plans to begin replacing the faulty locks for free on August 5. Registered owners affected by the recall will be notified by mail. They will be able to take their vehicle to a Ford or Lincoln dealer to have the child safety locks tested and replaced, if necessary. Owners of Ford vehicles may also contact their toll-free line at 1-866-436-7332 or contact any local Ford or Lincoln dealer to determine whether their vehicle is associated with the recall.
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