Ford Motor Company has issued a regional safety recall in North America to replace side door latches in various Ford vehicles totaling approximately 830,000 vehicles, including certain 2015 Mustangs.
The voluntary recall is for affected vehicles in which the pawl spring tab in the side door latch could break thus preventing the door from latching.
There has been at least one reported incident and injury that has been identified by Ford whereby the door was able to be closed but unlatched while driving. Obviously this greatly increases the risk of injury.
Of the 830,000 affected vehicles, Ford has issued a recall on 2015 Mustangs built at the Flat Rock Assembly Plant between May 28, 2014 to April 30, 2015.
Because the rate of reports is higher for vehicles in states with higher ambient temperatures and solar loading, this recall is focused primarily in Alabama, Arkansas, Arizona, California, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Louisiana, Mississippi, New Mexico, Nevada, Oklahoma, Texas, Utah, Oregon and Washington.
If you own one of these vehicles, dealers will replace side door latches at no cost. Even if your vehicle’s build date is outside of this range, Ford will launch a corresponding customer satisfaction program and also offers to any vehicle exhibiting a broken door latch a one-time replacement at no charge for the life of the vehicle.
See the 2015 Mustang side door latch recall notice in the forums.