Last week, Ford Motor Company recalled almost 27,000 Lincoln Continental sedans produced between 2017 and 2019 because of a faulty door system that could allow the door to swing open without warning. However, the limited-edition Continental is not included.
Last week, the NHTSA filed the recall and released it to the public. In the filing, it became known that a faulty door latch motor can prevent the door from shutting completely. Therefore, there is a significant risk that the door could open by itself while the consumer is driving down the road. This also increases the risk of a crash, injury, and property damage. Ford admitted that every car in the recall has this defective latch system.
What Is It?
The pawl motor is what latches the door and keeps it closed until the driver or passenger opens it. However, this can stop functioning correctly over time because of a buildup of silicon. If there is too much buildup, the latch motor can’t operate correctly and doesn’t provide a full locked closure for the door. Owners might notice a few warning signs that a door is faulty. These can include doors that are hard to close, the ‘door ajar’ message indicator on the dashboard, the door-ajar chime that doesn’t go off, or an ambient light on the door that stays red or doesn’t shut off. All of these signs are indicative that the latch isn’t functioning right.
What to Do
If you notice any of these warning signs or you have an affected vehicle, the automaker asks you to take it to a Lincoln or Ford dealership so that a technician can replace all of the latch assemblies (up to four) on all the doors (up to four). The replacement parts do not contain silicon, so the buildup problem can’t happen again. Lincoln started sending notifications after March 4, 2019.