Vehicles Affected: Approximately 64,000 model-year 2013-17 Ford Focus hatchbacks manufactured between Feb. 12, 2012, and Aug. 26, 2016, and equipped with manual transmissions; and model-year 2016-17 Ford Focus RS cars manufactured between Aug. 3, 2015, and Aug. 26, 2016, also equipped with manual transmissions
The Problem: In the affected vehicles, the rear hatchback can be unlocked and unlatched with a single press of the interior latch release when moving up to 4 mph. The latch release button is found on the left side of the steering column. The automaker noted that it is not aware of any accidents or injuries associated with the issue.
The Fix: Federal regulations require two separate actions to unlock the hatch and operate the interior latch release control mechanism. Dealers will reprogram the body control module with updated software for free.
What Owners Should Do: Ford did not immediately announce an owner-notification schedule. Owners can call the automaker at 866-436-7332 for more info.
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