Ford's bean counters are opening themselves up to some major legal trouble. Current estimate for this recall is 270 million to replace latches in warmer states. Let's say for argument it might cost 500 million to replace all of them in every state. By only replacing the latches in southern states, they have saved 230 million dollars. There will surely be accidents/injuries and even possibly fatalities that result from a partial recall but Ford's actuaries still think that total claims will be far less than 230 million.What is really annoying about this sort of recall, is when the Nothern door lathes break somethime down the road, Ford will no longer make any,
And so even folks (like me)who bought the car new, will get screwed by Ford.
The same sort of thing happened to my 1999 Contour SVT. The dashboard had a recall for warping. But only if it looked like it was warping. Well I kept my car in a garage, so the sun did not warp it 'soon enough'.
A few years later mine started to warp.. Ford.. Sorry that recall has expired.
SO I drove my 99' SVT with a horribly warped top dash plastic for another 7 years.
Thanks Ford, I have a LONG memory. [smackbum]
There would certainly be nothing wrong with doing the recall in stages but that is not what Ford did. As for dramatically slowing down replacement in less temperate states, as long as parts are available, the work is spread out across the dealer network. I am sure Ford has already begun dealing with the logistical nightmare of ramping production/distribution of an updated latch.Nationwide recall right now would dramatically slow down replacements in the areas affected.
I am in the recall area as well but I am not crazy about having a monkey tear my door panels off. I am seriously considering doing the work myself but that will involve me paying for the parts as Ford will not supply them to me.Welp I live in California and it's free to change lol most likely going to do it
This is where I see a problem, and it doesn't take much math to see why.as long as parts are available
This is one reason I think the "take rate" of owners in the more temperate regions would be low, maybe so low as to not more than double the rate of those who actually have an issue.I am in the recall area as well but I am not crazy about having a monkey tear my door panels off.
This may sound extreme, but it's pretty accurate.Sorry but I disagree about this being a huge safety issue. Doors just don't fly open unless they are being pushed on. If the light comes on on the dash, pull over, call Ford care, and delay your life an hour or two as you get a tow and a loaner from Ford. Big whoop.
Doors flying open is not the point here. A door ajar compromises the integrity of the side door crash protection that is certified by DOT. That steel beam that resides inside your door has pages of engineering data behind it. Unlatch the door and you compromise the side door protection.Ever try pushing a door open while moving? One can only "fly open" at parking lot speeds when making a sharp turn.
Thus the reason for a recall in stages rather than no recall at all for temperate states.I AM assuming that latch production is a bottleneck for accomplishment of the recall, with three years production involved and a third of the cars produced during that time (est.) being in the current recall group you'd need a supplier to double annual production to accomplish it in a year
So for the 30 seconds or 1 minute that it takes to pull over and pick up the phone, someone is at incredibly slight risk. Got it. [scratch]Doors flying open is not the point here. A door ajar compromises the integrity of the side door crash protection that is certified by DOT. That steel beam that resides inside your door has pages of engineering data behind it. Unlatch the door and you compromise the side door protection.
So what do you guys think? Is it worth to take to get it replaced or no? Simple answer
Ignore a safety recall?Certainly worthwhile to get it replaced.
Would be significant risk in a rollover accident.So for the 30 seconds or 1 minute that it takes to pull over and pick up the phone, someone is at incredibly slight risk. Got it. [scratch]