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Ford Motor Co. has announced a recall of approximately 6,500 2013 model year Ford Focus, C-Max and Escape vehicles in the U.S. (5,675) and Canada (859), according to The Detroit News (March 11, 2013). The reason for the recall is a possible problem with the child safety locks, specifically the left rear door’s child lock, which may not have been properly installed in the vehicle. The faulty latches are believed to be the result of using a “mixed stock of parts.”

In Ford’s report to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), the Company said, the lock may not always engage when the operator turns the vehicle and the driver may believe the left rear door is locked when it may not be. Currently, Ford says there have been no accidents or injuries related to the problem, and the Company will begin notifying owners March 25, 2013. Dealers will examine the vehicles and install a new door latch if necessary.

The vehicles were manufactured at the Wayne, Michigan, Assembly plant and at the Louisville, Kentucky, Assembly plant during the period November 16-21, 2012. The recall is not yet listed on the Safercar.gov website.

For more information on automobile recalls, visit: http://www.nhtsa.gov

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