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Old 01-29-2009, 08:20   #1 (permalink)
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Ford Five Hundred problem

There is a problem with the trunk hatch of the Ford Five Hundred.
If someone push the hatch 80% down (the hatch is about to be closed), it will automatically shut by itself. This problem seems to be very dangerious if someone pushes it down more than half way with a kid with his or her finger under the hatch.
Those vehicles recently got purchased by the county of San Joaquin, and they are under 20k miles.
This consider to be a recall, or you can call it a defective design.
If anyone read this, please report to Ford.

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Old 02-07-2009, 19:25   #2 (permalink)
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Re: Ford Five Hundred problem

You can write them directly about the foreseeable problem. Any good parent would have their young kids belted up in the car anyway by the time you're ready to close the trunk. I tell my kids they can learn the easy way and listen, or they can learn the hard way and do what they want.

Trunk lids close with less force than the noise makes them out to be. Same goes for windows; the last cm of travel is where the motor awaits any force, and if it senses an object it'll reverse itself a bit to release any possible fingers. Trunk weatherstripping is thick for a reason. A trunk won't fully close if there was something in the way. My GM car is similar. I imagine in ten years time it won't do that anymore and I'll be cursing as to why I had to slam the trunk down when it used to close itself.
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