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Just saw this on the news during lunch. Ford is recalling a lot of 13 thru 17 Focus hatchbacks with manual transmissions for allowing the hatchback to be opened with the interior button up to 4 mph. And this speed is supposed to be above the Federal mandated standard.

In other words..... they're going to want to flash your car with a new load.

If this is a duplicate topic or in the wrong place, then just delete it or move it please.
 

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I hadn't heard this but I'm going to check with my service dept now.
 

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Guys rushing out to the dealer over the minor possibility of being able to release the hatch below 4 miles per hour with a single press of the button is simply not necessary.

Also based on the recall notice on safety safercar.gov the software for the bcm isn't released yet. I'd almost certainly prefer to wait until next year after the door latches are available to address both the compliance recall (this hatch being released with one button press below 4 mph) with the actual safety recall on the latches.
 

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Guys rushing out to the dealer over the minor possibility of being able to release the hatch below 4 miles per hour with a single press of the button is simply not necessary.

Also based on the recall notice on safety safercar.gov the software for the bcm isn't released yet. I'd almost certainly prefer to wait until next year after the door latches are available to address both the compliance recall (this hatch being released with one button press below 4 mph) with the actual safety recall on the latches.
I completely agree, and wasn't mentioning it for any reason of that nature. In fact, I felt like I would never even have it done unless it's tied in to a new flash that addresses something more important. I mean, if I hit the hatch open button while going 4 mph or less, I certainly hope my brakes will be able to stop me so I can close it, otherwise I've got bigger problems..... lol

I have a 2003 Escape I bought new that I still get notices on for a simple "check the wiring harness location" recall. The way I see it.... if I haven't had an issue with it in over 13 years, then I probably won't.
 

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I guess I'm not getting why this is worth a recall, besides the fact that it doesn't 100% comply with a federal rule. I'm thinking the federal rule should be relaxed to something more like 20 mph. Why is it such a tragedy to pop the hatch at 4 mph? I've done it multiple times while turning on my fog lights. I survived.
 

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I guess I'm not getting why this is worth a recall, besides the fact that it doesn't 100% comply with a federal rule. I'm thinking the federal rule should be relaxed to something more like 20 mph. Why is it such a tragedy to pop the hatch at 4 mph? I've done it multiple times while turning on my fog lights. I survived.
Carbon monoxide poisoning...that would be my guess.

If the hatch gets popped and the driver doesn't realize it, the movement of the car with a popped hatch will suck exhaust fumes into the passenger compartment...nothing good happens after that.
 

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And cargo falling out if it gets popped and then you accelerate and throw anything back there onto the road
 

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And cargo falling out if it gets popped and then you accelerate and throw anything back there onto the road
The odds of that happening are slim to none given the leisurely rate of acceleration required to unlatch the hatch while in motion isn't conducive to cargo shifting violently enough to hit the hatch and open it before it relatches.
I've lived through the hassle of a faulty latch on this car where it would suddenly release while the car was driving along at 70 mph and apart from some additional rattling as the hatch bangs on the striker the instrument panel display lights up with the luggage compartment lid open warning, a chime to wake the dead and the little red tell tali information icon on the dash. You couldn't ignore it, or at least I couldn't ignore it. That was much more startling than pushing the button even when stopped and trying to drive away.
 

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I don't know about most of you but I am barely going 4 MPH or lower and I hardly ever hit my trunk button... haha :crazy:
 
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I got door latch recall info from my vehicle health report. Called ford and made appointment.. upon arrival I was informed that the parts won't even be available until late October at the earliest. I wouldn't hold my breath on the software update. It probably won't be available until early 2017
 

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They will send you a letter about the recall. My ST is going in for it's first oil change Monday, but I'm not going to worry about that recall since I haven't seen anything in the mail or email directly from them. Mind you, on the MyFord.com site, when I'm logged in, it mentioned about the recall. However, it did state that the software upgrade hasn't been released at this time.
 

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The odds of that happening are slim to none given the leisurely rate of acceleration required to unlatch the hatch while in motion isn't conducive to cargo shifting violently enough to hit the hatch and open it before it relatches.
I've lived through the hassle of a faulty latch on this car where it would suddenly release while the car was driving along at 70 mph and apart from some additional rattling as the hatch bangs on the striker the instrument panel display lights up with the luggage compartment lid open warning, a chime to wake the dead and the little red tell tali information icon on the dash. You couldn't ignore it, or at least I couldn't ignore it. That was much more startling than pushing the button even when stopped and trying to drive away.
my bass used to do that to my 2014 focus SE, but would never open all the way just enough to turn the back hatch lights on and the message on the dashboard. An inconvenience at most, just damn glad my ST (with the same stereo) doesn't have that issue...
 
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