Ford Bronco Recalled Due to Concerns With Child Safety Locks

Rear, passenger-side doors on four-door models can be opened from inside, even with the child lock activated

2021 Ford Bronco green Photo: Ford

Ford is recalling about 53,000 four-door Bronco models due to concerns that the rear doors may be opened from the inside, even if the child lock is in the On position. These locks are meant to prevent children from exiting the vehicle without proper supervision, such as in a busy parking lot or along a street.

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The problem is limited to the right rear doors of Broncos built between Sept. 23, 2020, and April 11, 2022. NHTSA documents show that these locks “may not function as intended due to deformation caused by door sheet metal variation.”

Ford estimates that about 2 percent of the 53,103 Broncos included in the recall have the problem. The automaker will notify owners by mail in late July 2022 of the recall, and it will include directions on how to check their lock prior to visiting the dealership. This does not replace the need for inspection by a Ford or Lincoln dealership and possible correction, at no charge.

Ford is not aware of any crashes or injuries related to this condition.

The Details

Vehicles recalled: 2021-2022 Bronco four-door models built between Sept. 23, 2020, and April 11, 2022.
The problem: The passenger-side rear door may be opened from inside of the vehicle when the child safety lock is in the On position.
The fix: Dealers will inspect the passenger-side rear door child safety lock and latch, and replace them, if necessary, free of charge.
How to contact the manufacturer: Contact Ford customer service at 866-436-7332.
NHTSA campaign number: 22V-411. Ford’s number for this recall is 22S44.

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