Parents who own the 2021-2022 Ford Bronco may be wary because the baby lock on the right back door may not work as expected. The company has issued a recall and 53,103 vehicles could potentially be affected.
The first error in the factory was noticed in March when reports came from the assembly line that some back doors could be opened while the child safety lock was still on. More interestingly, it only seems to affect right-hand doors.
This led Ford’s Critical Concern Review Group (CCRG) to open an investigation into the system, which was a little harder than you expected. The first step was to isolate all vehicles and inspect them for condition.
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It was found that 1.5 percent of the Broncos showed tree condition (it is now believed that there could be problems like two percent) and all of them in the right back door. CCRG turned to the supplier of its door latches but it turned out to be a dead-end as the latches were found to be working properly before the door was fitted.
Ford continues to look and see in May that the position of the door latch attachment holes in the right door sheet metal was out of the design feature due to the expansion of production tolerance. It has been found that latch housing and frame plates can be deformed when attached to doors, which affects the effectiveness of child protection locks.
Why it only affects right-hand doors, it seems to have come down to luck. Although the Bronco’s left-hand doors were also found to be out of the specialty, they were not far enough to affect the operation of the child lock.
Fortunately, Ford caught up with the issue before any reports from the field about these potentially serious security concerns. If a child can open the door while driving, the risk of injury is significantly increased.
Ford plans to contact owners about the issue starting July 25 when they will be asked to return their vehicle to the nearest dealer and have the back door latch replaced if necessary. In the meantime, they will be instructed to check if their child protection lock is working