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Recall Issued for some 2013 Ford models Due to Flawed Child Locks

Jul 17, 2013

A faulty child safety lock on some Ford vehicles has led to a recall of 12,569 SUVs. Ford Motor is recalling the 2013 Ford Explorer, Taurus and Lincoln MKS because the child locks on the rear doors might not work, allowing kids to unexpectedly open back doors while inside the vehicle. The recalled affects models that were built from November 29th through December 12, 2012.

According to Ford’s recall filing with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, the potentially defective locks were made in Mexico and supplied to Ford by Brose, NA or Auburn Hills, Michigan. Ford said that if the doors opened and closed enough times, the locking mechanism may be switched from locked to unlocked without warning. The NHTSA said that this might "lead to personal injury to an unrestrained child."

The recall will begin on August 5th. Ford owners can determine whether or not their cards are affected by Ford’s toll-free line or by contacting their local Ford or Lincoln dealer.

Like other child safety locks, these locks use a sliding mechanism that only lets the doors open from the outside. These locks are meant to stop kids from opening the back doors while the car is moving in order to prevent injury and other dangerous situations.

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