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Broken Car Door Latch

FILE A COMPLAINT

If your vehicle has a broken car door latch… CALL the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) @ 1-888-327-4236 to file a complaint!    OR…» File A Complaint Online!

Why File A Complaint?

When NHTSA receives a quantity of complaints they will pressure the car company, Ford in my case, to issue a RECALL. If the car company issues a recall they will reimburse you for the cost of repairing your door(s) or offer to replace those bad door latches before they fail. This is an expensive repair! On my car $300 per door.

Any car make or model can on rare occasion suffer a broken door latch, but thousands of Ford Fiesta doors are suffering premature failures. One or more car door latches on the same Fiesta vehicle are breaking while the cars are still relatively new. Some multi latch breaks are almost simultaneous.

So many Ford Fiesta car door latches are breaking right now that the latch mechanisms needed to preform the repairs are on national backorder at the time of this post.

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Car Door Will Not Close

URGENT NOTICE:

If your car door will not close because of a broken defective car door latch… CALL the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) @ 1-888-327-4236 to file a complaint!    OR…» File A Complaint Online!

Why File A Complaint?

Because if the NHTSA receives enough complaints they will pressure the car company, Ford in my case, to issue a RECALL. If the car company issues a recall they will reimburse you for the cost of repairing your door(s) or offer to replace those bad door latches before they fail. This is an expensive repair! On my car $300 per door.

While almost any car make and model can encounter an occasional broken or defective door latch, a great many Ford Fiesta doors are exhibiting premature failures. Yes, “failures” of 1 or more car doors on the same vehicle. And some multi-failures are almost simultaneous.

One commenter here claimed her Ford dealership told her they had around 70 Ford Fiesta’s so far with broken defective car doors that will not latch closed or stay shut. My small town dealer did not place a number on it but said they were seeing a sudden surge of Ford Fiesta’s with broken car door latches; both in and out of warranty. My Fiesta has 2 broken back side doors that will not close and it’s less than 3 years old. It only had 35,772 miles on it when both doors broke. They both failed within 12 hours of each other.

Fiesta car doors are failing so frequently right now that the door parts, the latch mechanisms, are on national backorder at the time of this post.

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Ford Fiesta Defect: Whopper Knockers When Side Doors Open

NOTICE: Sudden Unexpected Failure Of Ford Fiesta 2012 Car Door Latching Mechanisms.

The following is intended for immediate release (07-07-2014) as a public service warning about a potential Ford Fiesta 2012 defect. Sudden and unexpected failures of Ford Fiesta car door latching mechanisms has been reported to Ford Motor Company. This author has personal knowledge that this failure has occurred in at least 1 known and verified Ford Fiesta vehicle so far. If your car door will not close or latch read this notice.

To date failures have occurred in both rear side passenger doors. Failure of these two latching mechanisms were nearly simultaneous and actually may have been. Vehicle owner believes the duplicate failures to be connected in some way. The failures were sudden and without warning. There were no pre-failure indications. No sticking, closing, shutting or latch rotation issues… just sudden latch failure for each door. Are these defective Ford Fiesta door latches a RECALL waiting to happen?

WARNING: Do NOT allow anyone to ride in your Ford Fiesta without fastening their seatbelt.

This potential highway traffic safety hazard should be taken very seriously even though further elaboration of this notice is heavy with humor.

Driving Miss Knockers

Normally we would ‘Not’ expect an otherwise smooth ultra sleek vehicle with undamaged body, that is about as streamlined as a polished and waxed bullet, to be lik’ened to sporting a pair of knockers. But in this case the bizarre fits. Those knockers really are whoppers and those whoppers really are knockers. My racy Fiesta now sports a pair of unharnessed latch-less Double D Rear Side Door Knockers due to defect. Not just one but both doors have malfunctioning door latches. Could this be a coincidence? I seriously doubt it.

When are Ford Fiesta doors NOT doors? When they are defective and remain ajar they become hit or “Miss Knockers”

Killer Whopper Knockers!

These naughty knockers can kill and make it look like an accident. What I’m really talking about here is unbridled doors engaging in free swinging backdoor action. My Ford Fiesta’s pair of flapping backside driver and passenger doors just won’t hook-up even though they swing freely. They do it without protection. They have no shame, no sense of decency, and absolutely no concern for the safety of others. This little gal is dangerous! I am very thankful that one of my grand kids was not resting against one of her trap-doors when a latch failed!

Doors On My Fiesta Refuse To Take A Siesta

Normally our experience with car doors leads us to believe they are failsafe! They shut and remain shut. They latch closed and remain closed. Undamaged car doors can be locked closed to siesta securely in place. But NOT the 2 rear side trap-doors on my Ford. Her doors are double D-fective and busted.

“Her knockers are steely hard swingers… able to whop, knock, and whack whomever and whatever is in their path”

Miss Knockers (my nick for my Ford Fiesta) is doors-out for attention. This street stalker knows how to trollop the streets. She is an exhibitionist with an uninhibited open backdoor policy. Flaunting her “Double Defective doors” she will flash and expose her rear seat to anyone and everyone while parading along the highway.

Risk

Not wanting to be taken for a ride and wanting to avoid further risk, I must look into my auto insurance policy. I need to determine whether my backdoor swingers are covered or if I need a rider to hold harmlessly against my sweetheart’s promiscuous backdoor behavior.

Bound To Achieve Temporary Fix

With behavior like this she was asking for it. So, I decided to give it to her. To let her know who’s boss I changed into my ‘mechanics uniform’ which just happens to be confidently embroidered with the name “Master“. I won’t go into details here but suffice it to say, I tied her doors closed and said goodbye to those whopper ass-kicking killer door knockers.

Warranty Repair Request

With only 35,772 miles on Miss Knockers when the door latches failed this matter is still currently (07-07-2014) in the hands of Ford Motor Company warranty request case #CAS-4651084-H7G4M8 and my closest Authorized Ford Dealer, Colorado River Ford in Kingman Arizona. A complaint was also filed with the NHTSA (National Highway Traffic Safety Administration) Office of Defects Investigation, confirmation number (ODI Number) is: 10607751

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