Ford recalls 13,100 Explorer, Taurus and MKS models

DETROIT Fri Jun 28, 2013 12:44pm EDT

A Ford logo is seen on a 2011 Ford Explorer at the Ford assembly plant in Chicago, Illinois in this December 1, 2010 file photo. REUTERS/Frank Polich

A Ford logo is seen on a 2011 Ford Explorer at the Ford assembly plant in Chicago, Illinois in this December 1, 2010 file photo.

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DETROIT (Reuters) - Ford Motor Co. said Friday it is recalling more than 13,100 Ford Explorer, Taurus and Lincoln MKS models because the child safety locks on the rear doors may not work properly.

The recall affects 2013 models, and the malfunction could mean the child safety locks would turn off automatically, allowing the doors to be opened from the inside.

No accidents or injuries have been reported due to the malfunction, Ford said.

The affected vehicles were built at the automaker's Chicago Assembly Plant between November 29, 2012 and December 12, 2012. Most of the recalled vehicles are located in North America.

Ford said dealers will test and replace the rear child safety locks for no cost if necessary.

(Reporting By Joseph Lichterman; Editing by Gerald E. McCormick)

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