If you had to choose between two extremes, would you rather have your door fly open while driving or be trapped in your car because the door won’t budge?
Two major car recalls were announced this week for door problems. Ford recalled a number of vehicles for faulty door latches that can open unexpectedly while driving. Lamborghini, meanwhile, recalled a small number of supercars that could trap their owners inside when the door handle fails.
Ford issued a sweeping recall for almost 250,000 vehicles, including the Fiesta, Fusion, and Lincoln MKZ. Apparently, the door latch can degrade in high temperatures to the point that it will no longer close safely.
If you are effected by this latch issue, you may have to try multiple times to get the door to close correctly and receive a “door will not close” warning.
According to the official announcement from the company, “If the customer is able to latch the door after repeated attempts, there is a potential the door may unlatch while driving, increasing the risk of injury.”
The following vehicles are covered in this recall:
Ford plans to send out announcements to registered owners starting May 4; however, you can look up your vehicle’s VIN in the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration website to find out if it is part of an active recall.
The proposed fix is to replace the door latch so that it will not degrade in high temperatures. Currently, there are no reported injuries or crashes as part of this recall.
While this recall only affects a tiny number of drivers, it’s notable because even high-end luxury vehicles aren’t immune to factory defects.
26 Aventador SVJs–which have a base price of $500,000–have been recalled because the door handles could fail over time. The handles were installed by a “non properly trained” employee, according to the Italian automaker.
Only 900 of the luxury track-focused cars will be produced. The Aventador SVJ currently holds the title of the fastest production car, and to be honest, the idea of someone being stuck inside their extremely expensive vehicle because of a faulty cable pin in the door handle strap is pretty amusing.