Ford recalls Focus hatchbacks for latch release problem

Dealers will reprogram a control module at no cost to the owners

FILE - In this Monday, Jan. 5, 2015, file photo, the Ford logo shines on the front grille of a 2014 Ford F-150, on display at a local dealership in Hialeah, Fla. The United Auto Workers' proposed contract with Ford Motor Co. — approved Monday, Nov. 9, 2015, by local union leaders — is the richest of the Detroit Three. (AP Photo/Alan Diaz, File)
FILE - In this Monday, Jan. 5, 2015, file photo, the Ford logo shines on the front grille of a 2014 Ford F-150, on display at a local dealership in Hialeah, Fla. (AP Photo/Alan Diaz, File)

DETROIT (AP) – Ford is recalling about 74,000 Focus hatchback cars with manual transmissions in the U.S. and Canada because the hatches can be unlatched too easily while the cars are moving.

The recall covers certain Focus hatchback and RS vehicles from the 2013 through 2017 model years. The company says the hatch can be unlocked and unlatched by pushing a single button when the cars are traveling under 4 miles per hour (7 kilometers per hour). Federal safety standards require two actions to unlock doors and operate the latch release.

Ford says it doesn’t know of any accidents or injuries caused by the problem.

Dealers will reprogram a control module at no cost to the owners.

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