In March of this year, Ford recalled over 200,000 Explorers after it was discovered that malfunctioning door latches could result in unanticipated opening during an accident. National reports indicate that after this recall the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration opened an investigation into the safety of other Ford vehicles. After the investigation, Ford ended up recalling an additional 600,000 vehicles, including Lincoln MKZs, Fusions, and Fiestas. Each of these models had various dangerous propensities.
The model years range from 2011-2014. Some of the issues surround faulty fuel pumps, which can cause the cars to unexpectedly stall; heating mechanisms not being installed on the parking light housing, which can result in a fire; and latch problems that can cause the doors to swing open during an accident.
Ford has conceded that these issues should be taken extremely seriously and that they can jeopardize the safety of individuals driving or traveling as a passenger in one of the listed vehicles. They have stated that owners can take their cars in to certified Ford dealerships to have the parts fixed at no cost to the owners.