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Ford recalls vehicles due to defective child safety latch

Texas residents should be aware that on June 30, the Ford Motor Co. announced that it will recall over 13,000 vehicles due to faulty door latches due to a defective product. According to the report, opening and closing a door may cause the child safety lock to deactivate.

The problem was discovered on Dec. 6 when a latch supplier discovered a latch that had a low child safety lock retention torque. The Ford Motor Co.'s Chicago plant issued a stop-ship the next day. The recall is effective for three 2013 model vehicles that were built at the Chicago plant, including the Explorer SUV, Taurus sedan and Lincoln MKS sedan.

The company spent months testing the faulty latches before issuing the recall. All vehicle models have been tested. As of this report, no complaints of accidents or injuries due to the faulty latch have been reported.

This is the second recall for these three car models. In May, multiple 2013 models were recalled after complaints for fuel leaks were filed. Approximated 465,000 vehicles were recalled, 390,000 of which were sold to consumers in the U.S.

Even though auto manufacturers perform rigorous testing of their vehicles before they make them available for consumers to purchase, their products still may contain defective parts that could lead to injury. In this case, Ford was able to catch the problem before any injuries or deaths occurred. In many other cases, however, consumers have become injured or even died in accidents due to vehicles that had defective designs. An experienced attorney may be able to help their clients by investigating whether the accident was caused by vehicle defects. If it can be proved that the vehicle was defective, the attorney may be able to seek compensation to help the consumer pay for medical bills and lost wages.

Source: The Detroit News, "Ford to recall 13K vehicles over door latch issues", Karl Henkel and David Shepardson, June 27, 2013

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