No re­call is­sued as U.S. closes Ford in­quiry

Austin American-Statesman - - BUSINESS -

U.S. safety reg­u­la­tors DETROIT — have de­cided not to seek a re­call af­ter in­ves­ti­gat­ing com­plaints that door ajar warn­ing lights won’t turn off on thou­sands of Ford SUVs.

The in­ves­ti­ga­tion be­gan in Septem­ber and found nearly 2,700 com­plaints and more than 33,000 war­ranty claims due to the prob­lem with the 2011 to 2013 Edge SUV.

The com­plaints in­cluded 14 driv­ers who said doors had opened un­ex­pect­edly. More than 440,000 SUVs were cov­ered by the in­ves­ti­ga­tion.

But the Na­tional High­way Traf­fic Safety Ad­min­is­tra­tion de­ter­mined the doors were ei­ther opened by pas­sen­gers or were not latched prop­erly.

The Na­tional High­way Traf­fic Safety Ad­min­is­tra­tion said that it found no un­rea­son­able safety risk be­cause the latches work cor­rectly and no crashes or crash-re­lated in­juries were re­ported.

Ford of­fi­cials said they de­ter­mined that con­tam­i­na­tion can build up on switches that ac­ti­vate the door ajar lights, caus­ing them to fail.

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