Certain four door (sedan and wagon) and five door vehicles originally sold or currently registered in the provinces of Newfoundland and Labrador, Prince Edward Island, Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, Quebec, and Ontario may have faulty rear door latches. Corrosion build-up at the pawl pivot area of the latch can cause the latch to bind. The owner may experience difficulty opening or closing a rear door, and eventually the rear door may not latch properly. If not latched properly the door may open while the vehicle is in motion. Correction: Dealers will inspect the rear door latches. A latch that passes the evaluation will be lubricated to prevent future corrosion. A latch that does not pass the evaluation will be replaced.
On certain vehicles, insufficient clamp load at the attachment of the lower control arm ball joint to the steering knuckle may result in separation of the joint or fracture of the ball joint stud. If this should occur while the vehicle is in motion, loss of vehicle control may result. Correction: Dealers will verify the torque of the steering knuckle pinch bolt and tighten as necessary.
On certain vehicles equipped with a Zetec engine, the battery cable insulation could be damaged due to loose or broken attachments and/or misrouted battery cables. This in turn may cause the battery cables to short resulting in heat damage. The check engine light being illuminated or the engine failing to start are some of the possible symptoms however, smoke, melting or fire may also occur. Correction: Dealers will inspect the condition or the battery cable insulation for proper torque at the terminal ends. Cables will be rerouted, retaining clips installed and damaged battery cables replaced as necessary.
Certain vehicles have French language air bag warning labels that may not remain permanently affixed to the sun visor. This fails to comply with C.M.V.S.S. 208 (27). If the label becomes detached and lost French speaking occupants may not receive adequate warning relative to the air bags. Correction: Owners will be supplied new labels.
Certain passenger cars, sport utility vehicles, and light and medium duty pickup trucks. A switch located in the plastic cover of the wiper motor gear case could malfunction and overheat, potentially resulting in loss of intermittent wiper function, loss of wiper park function, complete loss of wiper function, smoke or, potentially, ignition of the plastic cover material. Switch malfunction is most likely to occur when the intermittent setting of the wipers is being used, or when snow or ice obstructs the blades from returning to the "parked" position at the bottom of the windshield. Loss of visibility while driving increases the risk of a crash. Correction: Dealers will inspect the date code on the wiper motor. Motors built with the suspect time frame will have the wiper motor gear case cover replaced.
On certain vehicles, a damaged recliner handle spring could result in the loss of handle tension that in turn could result in an insufficient force to engage or retain the locking pawl of the recliner during normal use. Both the driver and front occupant seat backs could unexpectedly recline while the car is being driven and result in possible loss of driver control. Correction: Seat back recliner handle spring will be replaced on both front outboard seats.
Certain station wagons and 3 door vehicles come equipped with a folding 60/40 second seat that becomes a load floor in the folded position. When the 60% portion of the seat is folded, if a load is applied to the front edge of the load floor, the outboard hinge pivot could disengage from the hinge. If the seat is then returned to the upright position without re-engaging the hinge pivot, the seat, and seat belts may not provide the intended level of performance in the event of a crash. Correction: Dealers will install a revised seat back hinge.