Ford Motor Company is recalling more than 220,000 vehicles in North America, per an announcement this morning. The recall is for recently discovered problems with faulty door handles in 212,911 Ford Explorers, and Police Interceptors. There are 194,484 vehicles in the U.S., another 12,392 in Canada, and 6,035 in Mexico, affected by this recall. Model years include 2011 to 2013.
Door Handle Becomes Loose, May Unlatch
Ford has stated that a spring in the door handle may become loose enough to cause the latch to open during a side-impact car accident. It goes without saying that a door opening during a car accident would be very dangerous and could cause a serious injury to occupants of the vehicle.
Ford dealers will gladly inspect all interior door handles. If an interior door assembly needs replacing, dealerships will replace them at no cost to the customer.
Ford Is Not Aware Of Any Injuries – Yet
Ford Motor Co. states that they have not been notified of any accidents or injuries sustained as a result of the faulty door handles on their Explorer SUVs. That doesn’t necessarily mean there have been no accident injuries, just that they have not been reported to Ford.
Has Your Door Handle Latch Disengaged?
Anyone who has been involved in a car accident in a 2011-2013 Ford Explorer SUV and noticed a disengaged door latch or even a door opening during the crash, is strongly urged to contact the product recall attorneys at Handler, Henning & Rosenberg as soon as possible. You may be entitled to compensation for your injuries. Unfortunately, our defective product injury lawyers see innocent people injured by a faulty or dangerous product all the time without any knowledge of a potential hazard. If you feel you may qualify for compensation, please feel free to use our Free Case Evaluation form to discuss your legal rights with an attorney at our law office in order to make an informed decision about how to proceed.