Ford Recalls Focus Hatchback Models for Tailgate Latch Flaw

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Ford and Transport Canada have recalled nearly 10,000 Focus models to fix hatchback tailgates that can be unlocked while the car is in motion.

Transport Canada says the hatch can be unlatched with a single press of the release button when the car is being driven, which contravenes the Canada Motor Vehicle Safety Standard and could put unrestrained vehicle occupants at greater risk of injury.

So, before you take your next drive with your friends hanging out in the trunk of a 2013 through 2017 Focus hatchback, take it to your Ford dealer to have the service department reprogram the car’s body control module.

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Chris Chase

Chris Chase

As a child, Chris spent much of his time playing with toy cars in his parents’ basement; when his mother would tell him to go play outside, he made car sounds while riding his bicycle or dug roads for his toys in the flower garden. Now he gets to indulge his obsession playing with real cars that make their own cool noises, and gets paid for it.