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Recall 11V049000

One or More Interior Door Handles May Break

Body, Interior & Misc., January 28, 2011
Affected Cars

RepairPal Expert Overview

Our Quick Take:

The interior door handles may fail to return to their normal position after use. In the event of a crash, the door could open unexpectedly.

What Should You Do?

We at RepairPal have designated this a medium priority recall; this would change to high if looseness is noted in any door handle. Please contact your Ford dealer. They will check to see if your specific vehicle is affected and advise you on what to do next. Always have your vehicle identification number (VIN) handy when you call.

Summary:

The door handle spring retainer may break, which can prevent the door handle from returning to the stowed position. In the event of a side impact crash, the door latch could release, resulting in unexpected opening of the door. Dealers will first inspect and repair door handles that are loose. Once parts are available, all interior door handles will be inspected and repaired or replaced as necessary. This recall is scheduled to begin on February 14, 2011. The Ford recall number is 11S15.

Original Recall from the NHTSA

Manufacturer's Report Date: January 28, 2011

NHTSA CAMPAIGN ID Number: 11V049000

NHTSA Action Number: N/A

Component: STRUCTURE:BODY:DOOR

Potential Number of Units Affected: 280,946

Summary: FORD IS RECALLING CERTAIN MODEL YEAR 2009 AND 2010 F-150 VEHICLES MANUFACTURED FROM JANUARY 18, 2008, THROUGH NOVEMBER 30, 2009. THE INTERIOR DOOR HANDLE HOUSING EMBOSSMENT RETAINING THE INTERIOR DOOR HANDLE SPRING MAY FRACTURE DURING NORMAL USAGE RESULTING IN INSUFFICIENT SPRING FORCE TO RETURN THE HANDLE TO THE FULLY STOWED POSITION.

Consequence: IN THE EVENT OF A SIDE IMPACT CRASH, THE DOOR HANDLE SPRING CAN FAIL CAUSING THE DOOR LATCH TO OPEN.

Remedy: OWNERS WILL BE INITIALLY NOTIFIED AND INSTRUCTED TO TAKE THEIR VEHICLES TO A FORD OR LINCOLN/MERCURY DEALER IF ANY INTERIOR DOOR HANDLE IS LOOSE OR FAILS TO RETURN TO THE STOWED POSITION AFTER ACTIVATION FOR REPLACEMENT OF THE AFFECT MODULE. ONCE PARTS BECOME AVAILABLE, OWNERS WILL BE RENOTIFIED AND INSTRUCTED TO TAKE THEIR VEHICLES TO A FORD OR LINCOLN/MERCURY DEALER FOR INSPECTION OF EACH INTERIOR DOOR HANDLE. DEPENDING ON THE RESULTS OF THE INSPECTION, THE DEALER WILL EITHER ADD A SPRING EMBOSSMENT REINFORCEMENT OR REPLACE THE INTERIOR DOOR HANDLE MODULE FREE OF CHARGE. THE SAFETY RECALL IS EXPECTED TO BEGIN ON OR ABOUT FEBRUARY 14, 2011. OWNERS MAY CONTACT FORD AT 1-866-436-7332.

Notes: FORD'S RECALL CAMPAIGN NUMBER IS 11S15. OWNERS MAY ALSO CONTACT THE NATIONAL HIGHWAY TRAFFIC SAFETY ADMINISTRATION'S VEHICLE SAFETY HOTLINE AT 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), OR GO TO HTTP://WWW.SAFERCAR.GOV.

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