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Ford expands door latch recall to cover nearly 546,000 cars

DETROIT (AP) - Under pressure from U.S. safety regulators, Ford is expanding a recall of small and midsize cars to fix door latches that may not stay closed.

  The recall now covers almost 546,000 Ford Fusions and Lincoln MKZs from the 2013 and 2014 model years, and Ford Fiestas from 2011 to 2014.

  Ford says a broken spring part can stop the doors from latching properly. The doors also can unlatch while the cars are in motion, increasing the risk of injury.

  Ford reported two minor injuries from unlatched doors bouncing into people when they tried to close them. There also was one crash when a door opened and hit another vehicle in a parking lot.

  Dealers will replace all four door latches for free.

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