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There's a lot that can go wrong in a Ford

We collect information from owners and combine it with data from NHTSA to give you a clearer picture of what breaks the most and in what vehicle generations. Oh, and there's the occasional bright spot too. Emphasis on the occasional.

Recent Ford News

The Explorer Exhaust Smell Lawsuit Has Been Settled in Florida

A lawsuit about the Explorer making occupants sick has been settled before the trial was set to begin. Details of the settlement aren’t available, but it could cover any Florida resident who purchased or leased a 2011-2015 Explorer.

The lawsuit was filed over two years ago after an owner raised fears of carbon monoxide poisoning to her local dealership 8 times, only to be told not to worry about it.

It was filed in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida - Sanchez-Knutson v. Ford Motor Co. and the plaintiff was represented by Kelley / Uustal.

This is good news for Floridians, but what does it mean for owners elsewhere? Chances are this isn’t the last we’ll hear about this issue.

Attorneys Investigate Ford’s History of Door Latch Failures

A Ford Focus door latch lawsuit might be forthcoming as attorneys investigate failures of the door latches that allow the doors to open while driving. The legal investigation includes the 2012-2013 Ford Focus, the same model currently under a safety investigation by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA).

This isn’t surprising.

If the current investigation determines that the Focus uses the same defective pawl springs that were recalled last year, and Ford knew about it, then that’s potentially a criminal offense. Or, at the very least, really crappy of them.

Ford Focus is the Next in Line for a Door Latch Investgation

2015 was a terrible year for Ford door latches. 2016 isn’t starting off any better.

Ford Focus door latch problems are under investigation by the government, an investigation that could possibly lead to a recall of 400,000 Ford Focus cars.

The original investigation involved the Fiesta. It was later expanded to include the Fusion. And now the 2012-2013 Focus will get an investigation of their own.

The problem can be traced to busted pawl springs which allow the door to shut without ever latching. When that happens, owners may see a “door ajar” warning light or have their doors open while going around a corner.

My guess is the investigation will be to determine if the Focus used the same pawl springs as the other cars. If so, Focus owners should expect a recall soon.