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RECALL Subject : Hatchback can be Unlatched with One Button Press

Report Receipt Date: SEP 28, 2016
NHTSA Campaign Number: 16V698000
Component(s): LATCHES/LOCKS/LINKAGES , STRUCTURE
Potential Number of Units Affected: 64,038


Manufacturer: Ford Motor Company


SUMMARY:

Ford Motor Company (Ford) is recalling certain model year 2013-2017 Ford Focus hatchback vehicles manufactured February 14, 2012, to August 26, 2016 and equipped with a manual transmission. The hatchback of the affected vehicles may be unlatched with a single press of the interior latch release button. As such, these vehicles fail to comply with the requirements of Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard (FMVSS) number 206, "Door Locks and Door Retention Components."
CONSEQUENCE:
With only a single press needed, the driver may accidently unlatch the hatchback, increasing the risk of injury to any unsecured passengers in the back.
REMEDY:
Ford will notify owners, and dealers will reprogram the Body Control Module with updated software, free of charge. The recall is expected to begin November 14, 2016. Owners may contact Ford customer service at 1-866-436-7332. Ford's number for this recall is 16C13.
 
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