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Ford Recalls F-150 For Faulty Door Handles

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On: Sat, Feb 5, 2011 at 11:43AM | By: Sherry Christiansen


Ford Recalls F-150 For Faulty Door Handles

Don’t know what to get your significant other for Valentine’s Day? Well, the Ford Motor Company has a special treat in store for owners of their popular selling F-150 pickup trucks. Starting on Valentine’s Day, 281,000 of those trucks will be invited back to the dealership in a country-wide recall to fix a problem with its door handles. Perhaps this isn’t the most romantic Valentine’s Day present, but it may be the safest one!

Part of the mission statement for the U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) is to get out all the information about any ongoing recalls. It’s a pretty good system, as government systems go. Complaints from car owners are registered with the NHTSA. After an investigation, if a defect is detected then the agency will work with the automaker to issue the recall. In terms of those complaints, there have been previous recalls initiated with as few as four complaints. It’s good to know someone is watching out for us.

The specific models of the F-150 trucks affected are those that were manufactured from January 2008 to November 2009. Because of the way car makers label their autos this means 2009 and 2010 F-150 pickups.

At issue in this recall is a problem with the door handles. According to the official National Highway Traffic Safety Administration filing, “in the event of a crash the door handle spring can fail causing the door latch to open.” This is one defect that hasn’t yet been attributed to any type of accidents or injuries. That’s according to Ford as of January 21st.

Ford will be sending a notice to all those truck owners to bring back their pickups to the dealerships. If they find that any of these door handles are loose or fail to return to a stowed position a temporary fix can be made. At some point down the road, replacement parts will be shipped to the dealerships and the truck owners might have to return for a final fix up and inspection.

For the past 34 years, the F-series of Ford pickups have been one of the best selling vehicles America. The F-150 is the top sales performer in that line up. In fact, the F-150 is actually the best selling pickup across all brands in the U.S. This recall will also target 68,000 of the pickups that were sold in Canada and close to 14,000 that were purchased in Mexico.


Official Press Release:

Vehicle Make / Model:

Model Year(s):
FORD / F-150

2009-2010

Manufacturer: FORD MOTOR COMPANY
Mfr's Report Date: JAN 28, 2011
NHTSA CAMPAIGN ID Number: 11V049000
N/A
NHTSA Action Number: N/A

Component: STRUCTURE:BODY:DOOR

Potential Number of Units Affected: 280,946

Summary:
FORD IS RECALLING CERTAIN MODEL YEAR 2009 AND 2010 F-150 VEHICLES MANUFACTURED FROM JANUARY 18, 2008, THROUGH NOVEMBER 30, 2009. THE INTERIOR DOOR HANDLE HOUSING EMBOSSMENT RETAINING THE INTERIOR DOOR HANDLE SPRING MAY FRACTURE DURING NORMAL USAGE RESULTING IN INSUFFICIENT SPRING FORCE TO RETURN THE HANDLE TO THE FULLY STOWED POSITION.

Consequence:
IN THE EVENT OF A SIDE IMPACT CRASH, THE DOOR HANDLE SPRING CAN FAIL CAUSING THE DOOR LATCH TO OPEN.

Remedy:
OWNERS WILL BE INITIALLY NOTIFIED AND INSTRUCTED TO TAKE THEIR VEHICLES TO A FORD OR LINCOLN/MERCURY DEALER IF ANY INTERIOR DOOR HANDLE IS LOOSE OR FAILS TO RETURN TO THE STOWED POSITION AFTER ACTIVATION FOR REPLACEMENT OF THE AFFECT MODULE. ONCE PARTS BECOME AVAILABLE, OWNERS WILL BE RENOTIFIED AND INSTRUCTED TO TAKE THEIR VEHICLES TO A FORD OR LINCOLN/MERCURY DEALER FOR INSPECTION OF EACH INTERIOR DOOR HANDLE. DEPENDING ON THE RESULTS OF THE INSPECTION, THE DEALER WILL EITHER ADD A SPRING EMBOSSMENT REINFORCEMENT OR REPLACE THE INTERIOR DOOR HANDLE MODULE FREE OF CHARGE. THE SAFETY RECALL IS EXPECTED TO BEGIN ON OR ABOUT FEBRUARY 14, 2011. OWNERS MAY CONTACT FORD AT 1-866-436-7332.




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