Ford recalls 390,000 cars to fix door latches

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Posted: Apr 24, 2015 4:05 PM

DETROIT (AP) — Ford is recalling about 390,000 cars because the doors may not latch properly and could open while the cars are in motion.

The recall covers certain Ford Fiestas, Ford Fusions and Lincoln MKZ cars from the 2012 through 2014 model years that were made in Mexico.

The automaker said Friday that a part in the door latch spring assembly can break, causing the latch to fail. If that happens, it's possible a door could fly open while the cars are being driven.

Ford Motor Co. said two people suffered sore shoulders from doors bouncing back after they were closed. There's also a report of one accident when an unlatched door opened and hit another car in a parking lot.

Dealers will replace all four door latches at no cost to customers.

U.S. safety regulators opened an investigation of Fiesta door latches in September after getting 61 complaints about the doors. A dozen people complained that a door opened while the cars were in motion.

Ford said the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration is aware of the company's recall.