There seems to be some confusion as to a new Ford recall because Ford and the NHTSA has yet to notify us, while Edmunds seems to be the one on top of the news. If we are to believe this news then Ford is to recall the 2013 C-Max, Escape and Focus.
The reason for these recalls is due to an issue with a defective child door lock mechanism on the left rear, and the concern is that a child may be able to open the door while the vehicles are in motion. I’ve had this happen to me once before traveling at speed and the next moment my grandson had opened his door.
Luckily he was secured into his seat and because the wind speed kept the door from completely opening I was able to bring the car to a stop and make certain that the child safety lock was on this time — yes it was my fault and I now make certain that this is checked each time children are in my car.
Vehicles affected were built in November 2012 and will include around 5,650 units in the US. Ford has updated this news by sending out an email saying that they were not aware these vehicles had any issues, which does not fill you with confidence.
While there is a little to go on we would suggest you call either Ford on 866-436-7332 or the NHTSA at 888-327-4236. Ford has had several recalls recently, with the 2013 Escape being recalled twice before and an impeding recall for several other Ford and Mercury models.