It looks like the Blue Oval brand is once again hounded by safety recalls. Over the weekend, Ford Australia issued a recall on several Ranger and Fiesta models for a door latch issue.
According to the automaker, affected vehicles have a faulty pawl spring tab on the side-doors that may break. If not fixed or replaced, doors can be prevented from latching on and fully closing. This can be hazardous to both drivers and passengers as the doors can swing open while the vehicle is in motion, increasing the risk of injury as the occcupants may fall out of the moving vehicle.
For the Australian market, Fiestas built between May 27, 2010 to September 1, 2016 are affected by the faulty component. In addition, Rangers manufactured from May 23, 2011 to May 20, 2015 are also part of the safety recall. In total, there are 42,907 Fiestas and 85,863 Rangers that come with the faulty spring tabs.
We contacted Ford Philippines regarding the matter as the company also sources its Fiestas and Rangers from AutoAlliance in Rayong, Thailand.
According to Ford Philippines:
We will be sending a letter to Fiesta and Ranger customers with specific Vehicle Identification Number (VIN) to have the side door latches on their vehicles replaced. Parts are now available at all Ford dealerships, and all of this work will be completed free of charge (parts and labor). The time needed for this repair is less than one-half day.
The Mazda BT-50 pickup truck (based on the T6 Ranger) is also affected by the same recall. Mazda Australia said 47,990 units of the BT-50 carry the defective component, but did not state which model years are affected.
Mazda Philippines is likely to issue a similar recall for their customers.