U.S. safety regulators announced they’re looking into complaints about Ford Focus compacts with doors that do not latch properly. The problem affects as many as 400,000 vehicles built for the 2012 and 2013 model years.
There have been 73 complaints filed with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, including one instance in Texas where the driver’s side door flew open while driving.
“This is an extreme safety hazard, and it is just a matter of time until someone falls out of a moving vehicle and is killed or injured,” the person wrote in the complaint filed with the agency, adding that he called the automaker and was told that it is aware of a large number of failures but would not do a recall. (more…)