DETROIT -- Ford Motor Co. is recalling 358,857 Focus cars because their rear passenger doors may not latch properly, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and a Ford spokeswoman said Monday. The Ford recall affects four- and five-door Focus cars from the 2000 through 2002 model years, according to an Associated Press report. All of the vehicles were sold or are registered in 20 Eastern and Midwestern states, including Indiana, and the District of Columbia, NHTSA said. The defect is caused by corrosion of the latch. The door may be difficult to open and close, and eventually may not close at all. Kinley said Ford will begin notifying customers about the recall on March 1. Ford dealers will replace corroded latches for free or will clean and lubricate unaffected latches to prevent corrosion. The states where the affected Focus cars were sold or are registered are Connecticut, Delaware, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Vermont, West Virginia and Wisconsin. General Motors Corp. is recalling more than 193,000 vehicles on the U.S. market to fix a variety of safety defects, according to a Reuters report. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration said the recalls included one covering 155,465 pickup trucks, sport utility vehicles and vans that may suffer hydraulic fluid leaks, causing increased steering and braking effort and potential crashes. Models affected, all from the 2004-2005 model years, include the Avalanche, Express, Kodiak, Silverado and Suburban from GM's Chevrolet division. GMC's Savana, Sierra, Topkick, Yukon XL and the Hummer H2 were also affected, NHTSA said. Separately, the agency said 19,924 Cadillac SRX and Cadillac XLRs, along with Pontiac Grand Prix models from the 2004 model year, were being recalled because of potential problems with their accelerator pedals. Lastly, NHTSA said GM was recalling 17,815 Buick Rainier, Chevrolet TrailBlazer, GMC Envoy and Isuzu Ascender SUVs from the 2005 model year because their windshields may not have been mounted properly.
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