By Jennifer Geiger on March 12, 2013
Ford is recalling 5,675 model-year 2013 versions of the C-Max, Focus and Escape due to faulty child safety door locks, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. It's the first recall for Ford's new C-Max hatchback.
The affected vehicles were manufactured from Nov. 16-21, 2012 (check your vehicle's build date on a sticker on the driver-side doorjamb). In these vehicles, the child lock mechanism on the door may not engage, increasing the risk of accident and injury if a child is able to get the door open. Ford reports that there have been no injuries associated with the defect.
The automaker will notify owners later this month, and dealers will inspect and replace the affected parts for free. Owners can call Ford at 866-436-7332 or NHTSA's vehicle safety hotline at 888-327-4236 for more info.
Assistant Managing Editor Jennifer Geiger is a reviewer, car-seat technician and mom of three. She wears a lot of hats, many of them while driving a minivan. Email Jennifer