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Ford Recalls Over Child Locks

Ford to Recall 2013 Models for Unsafe Child Locks: Explore, Taurus, and Lincolns Affected

The Ford Motor Company has issued a recall of more than 12,000 vehicles, including cars and SUVs, because of an issue with the child locks on the rear doors, which could conceivably fail, which could allow children in the back seat to unlock and open the back doors from the inside, even though parents believe this can’t happen.

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), the recall covers 2013 model year vehicles, including Explorer, Taurus and Lincoln MKS vehicles made between November 29 and December 12, 2012. In their statement, they noted that “the child safety locks may change from an activated position to a deactivated position without notice.”

According to Ford’s recall filing with NHTSA, the potentially faulty parts were supplied to Ford by Auburn Hills, Michigan-based Brose, NA and were manufactured in Mexico. Ford says that its investigation of the problem revealed  that merely opening and closing the doors several times can move the mechanism from the locked to unlocked position without any sort of warning. According to NHTSA, such a move could “lead to personal injury to an unrestrained child.”

Child safety locks are simple sliding mechanisms that parents can set so that the vehicle’s rear doors can only be opened from the outside. They can be found on any vehicle made in the last decade or so, By using the devices, parents can prevents kids from accidentally or opening the back doors at the wrong time, like when a car is moving, or in a crowded parking lot.

The recall will begin the recall on August 5, and Ford dealers will replace faulty lock mechanisms for free. Vehicle owners can find out if their vehicles are involved by contacting their local Ford or Lincoln dealer, who can use the Ford Online Automotive Service Information System (OASIS) to find out specific information regarding their specific vehicle.

Automotive Defects, Product Liability