Ford had a rocky start this week with the U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) announcing on Monday that they are opening two new preliminary investigations into 642,000 Ford sport utility vehicles and cars over door latch warning light and steering issues.
Safety issues such as doors opening while driving, doors unable to be locked while driving, and interior dome lights staying on continuously were reported in the safety probe. There have been no crashes but one injury has been reported. Ford owners have reported that they are uncertain if vehicle doors are properly latched.
It was just last month that the second largest U.S. automaker announced that it was reducing its adjusted full-year pre-tax profit forecast to $10.2 billion from at least $10.8 billion it predicted in July because of a $640 million charge for an expanded side-door latch recall.
The NHTSA said Monday it was opening a probe into 380,000 2011-2013 Ford Edge SUVs after receiving 1,560 reports of “door ajar” lights. Ford has recalled nearly 4 million vehicles for door latch issues in six separate recalls since 2014, including the 2.4 million vehicles recalled in the last two months.
The agency is also opening a separate investigation into 262,000 2010 Ford Fusion cars for steering issues. This is an issue that the agency previously investigated in 2014 and Ford had issued a recall of 2011 and 2012 Fusion cars.
The current investigation is over 547 complaints about power steering included sudden failures of the system and were linked to 12 crashes and four injuries.
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