Ford Recalls 828,053 Vehicles for Faulty Door Latches- August 4, 2016

Ford Motor Company Recall

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Ford announced a recall on 828,053 vehicles over concerns that the doors don’t close properly. The issue is being caused by a faulty pawl spring tab in the side door latch that could break causing the door to not latch properly. This could cause the door to open unexpectedly according to Ford. To date there have been 1 accident and 1 injury reported due to this issue.

The recall includes the following Ford Vehicles:

2012-2015 Ford Focus built between August 1, 2010 and January 31, 2015 at the Michigan Assembly Plant.

2013-2015 C-Max built between April 19, 2012 and January 31, 2015 at the Michigan Assembly plant.

2013-2015 Escape built between October 19, 2011 and January 31, 2015 at the Louisville Assembly Plant.

2015 Lincoln MKC built between December 4, 2013 and January 31, 2015 at the Flat Rock Assembly Plant.

2015 Mustang built between May 28, 2014 and April 30, 2015 at the Flat Rock Assembly Plant.

2014-2016 Transit Connect built between August 9, 2013 and February 1, 2016 at the Valencia Assembly Plant.

If you own one of the Ford vehicles on this list, you can find the assembly plant from your vehicles VIN. Check the 11th number in your vehicles VIN and compare it to the chart of Ford plants found by clicking this link.

Ford has determined that the problem vehicles are more likely to be owned in Alabama, Arkansas, Arizona, California, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Louisiana, Mississippi, New Mexico, Nevada, Oklahoma, Oregon, Texas, Utah and Washington. These states will be first on the repair list.

As part of this recall, Ford dealers will replace the door latches at no cost to the owner and will also launch a program to replace latches from other vehicles not covered by the recall if the same problem is found. Ford will also be contacting owners of the affected vehicles. If you own one of the vehicles on this list and you have not been notified by Ford, call the local Ford dealership in your area.

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Stanley Heavy Duty Grade 1 Commercial Lockset Recall Alert: November 29, 2016

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Stanley Commercial Heavy Duty Grade 1 lock

The Stanley Security Solutions manufacturer out of Taiwan has issued a voluntary recall on their commercial grade 1 heavy duty cylindrical locksets due the latches failing causing the risk of entrapment. Approximately 70,000 units are affected. The concern is that the latches could fail and the door would not unlock from the inside. This can cause serious issues in the event of fire or other emergency requiring a quick exit. There have been 4 seperate reports of the latches failing but no injuries have been reported to date.

     The series BMHA/ANSI locksets recalled include brass, bronze, nickle, chrome and satin chrome finishes and were sold by Stanley Commercial Hardware and other lock distributors and retailers nationwide and online at Amazon and Grainger from February 2016 through September 2016. The locks are sold under various brands including Advantage, Arrow, Cal-Royal, Delaney, Dorma, Dorex, General Lock, Hager, SDC, Stanley Commercial Hardware, Taymor, Tell, TownSteel, USCan, and some no brand name products. Part numbers/ models are listed below.

Brand Model/Part Number
Advantage 007-FA8990060AD, B48-FC60300B70KD090,  B48-FC60301B70KD090, B48-FCO60312B70KD090, B48-FC60351B70KD090 and B48-FCO60302B70KD090
Arrow B67-FCS0300B7000090, B67-FCS0312B7000090, B67-FCS0362B7000090, B67-FKS0300B7000090, B67-FKS0300B700009-M, B67-FKS0362B7000090 and B67-FKS0362B700009-M
Cal-Royal 007-FA8990060CR, 313-FL60300B70KD090,  313-FLO60312B70KD090, 313-FL60362B70KD090, 313-FLO60315B70KD090 and 313-FL60361B70KD090
Delaney Y62-FC90300B70KA090, Y62-FC90362B70KA090 and Y62-FCO60312B70KA09
Dorma B70-FB30S62B70KD06-B, B70-FL60362B70KD06-B, B70-FL90300B70KD06-B and B70-FLO90312B70KD06-B
Dorex 007-FA8910060DO, 356-FL70300B70KD090, 356-FLO70312B70KD090, 356-FL70361B70KD090 and 356-FL70362B70KD090,
General Lock 007-FA8990060GL, B39-FC60300B70KD090, B39-FCO60312B70KD090, B39-FCO60315B70KD090 and B39-FC60362B70KD090
Hager 007-FA891007CHG, 007-FA8910060HG, B33-FL60300B70KD090, B33-FLO60312B70KD090, B33-FLO60315B70KD090, B33-FLO60302B70KD090 and B33-FL60362B70KD090
MaxGrade B34-FL60300B70KD090
SDC B49-FT60362B70KD090
Stanley Commercial Hardware QCL135, QCL150, QCL151, QCL154, QCL155, QCL160, QCL161, QCL168, QCL169, QCL170, QCL171, QCL192, QCL193 and QCL194, QCL195
Taymor 359-FL60362B70KD090
Tell CL100181, CL100249, CL102259, CL100664 CL100396, L153 26D 4KD, L180 26D 4KD, K153 32D 2 3/4  ,CL100398
TownSteel Y87-FL60300B70KD090, Y87-FLO60302B70KD090, Y87-FLO60315B70KD090, Y87-FL60361B70KD090, Y87-FL60362B70KD090
USCAN USLG1-DL, USL150D, USL180D, USL170D, USL150D-IC, USL180D-IC, USL173D USL170D-IC
No brand name on product B31-FL60300B70KD000, B31-FL60300B70MK000, B31-FL60362B70KD000, B31-FLO60312B70GK000, B31-FLO60312B70KD000, B31-FR60300B7000000 and B31-FRO60312B7000
Y23-FL60300B70KD090
Y40-FU90300B7000000Y40-, FU90312B7000000 and Y40-FU90362B7000000

According to the Consumer Product Safety Commission, consumers should immediately stop using the recalled locksets. Consumers using Stanley Commercial Hardware branded locksets should contact Stanley Commercial Hardware from 8:00 am to 5:00 pm Monday-Friday at 855-885-1296, for all other brands consumers should contact Stanley Security Solutions Taiwan for free replacement latch or to schedule an appointment to have the latches replaced free of charge if they have already been installed.

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Non transponder car keys and your VIN. This will save you money!

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Did you know that if your car uses a Standard key, (Meaning it does not use a computer chip (transponder) key or programming) then 1 Able Locksmith can save you a lot of money if you have lost your key here in Citrus County, FL. We get several calls a week from people who own vehicles that do not use the transponder system. Although we would love to have their business, we send them to the dealership. It is our policy to save our customers money and we will not charge them to make a key that they could get much cheaper elsewhere. Let me explain.

When a vehicle is manufactured, it is given a number. This number is known as a Vehicle Identification Number or VIN. The VIN is located on the drivers side dash and can be viewed from the outside of the vehicle through the front drivers windshield of the vehicle. It is also on your title and registration. The information that is contained within the VIN can be very valuable to the owner of the vehicle if they have lost their car keys because it contains the Key Code for their vehicle along with other important information concerning the vehicle. A dealership can type the VIN in their computer and give the owner ( free of charge)  this information, as it belongs to them as the owner of the vehicle. The dealership will ask for the registration and drivers license to determine ownership. Once ownership is established, the owner should request what is known as a Key Code. We suggest you write this code in your owners manual or keep it somewhere with the vehicles other important papers as this information can save the owner a lot of time and money should they lose the key to their vehicle. But wait, it gets better!

If a vehicle owner looses the key to their vehicle, the dealership can also cut a key on the spot for much cheaper than a local locksmith can as there is no service fee or time spent to determine the code or cuts of the key manually. What would otherwise cost the owner $125.00 and up from a local locksmith, the dealership will usually charge between $5.00- $12.00.

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Find the year your vehicle was made by using the Vehicle Identification Number (VIN)

Every vehicle manufactured is given a number that is specific to that vehicle. This number is called a Vehicle Identification Number or VIN and is found on your vehicle title, registration and also a small metal tag which can be viewed through the drivers side windshield on the dash. This number allows service technicians to find important information regarding your vehicle. The chart below shows how to determine the year the vehicle was manufactured.
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The tenth letter or number in your VIN gives the year as follows:

1996=T      2007= 7

1997=V      2008=8

1998=W      2009=9

1999= X      2010= A

2000= Y      2011=B

2001= 1      2012= C

2002= 2      2013= D

2003= 3      2014= E

2004= 4      2015= F

2005= 5      2016= G

2006= 6      2017= H

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We Save our customers cash on ADT Home Security Systems!

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Lost car keys? What to know before they go!

Car key codes

Get your key codes from the dealership free!

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If your vehicle uses a transponder or high security key it will probably be cheaper to go with an automotive locksmith, as anyone making the key will need to be at the vehicle to program this type of key. This means an extra towing bill to get it to a dealership, but a good automotive locksmith can come to your vehicle and that saves you money. The dealership can still help save you money by providing the “Pin Code” and the “Key Code” from the VIN. We encourage you to obtain these codes and write them in your vehicles owners manual. This information is free from the dealership to the owner of the vehicle, but costs a locksmith a lot of money to obtain. Knowing your Codes will save you both time and money in the event you need to call a locksmith to make and program a new key.

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GM Recalls Midsize SUV’s for door lock issues

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GM 2006 Chevrolet Trailblazers

GM Recalls 2006 Chevrolet Trailblazers

It has come to our attention that GM is recalling 249,269 midsize SUV’s sold in 20 states. The states involved in the recall are those states considered to be in the “salt belt”.  Even though Florida is not one of the states specifically involved in the recall, we here in Citrus county have many residents who live here on a part time basis, or have traveled here and have purchased their vehicles from one of the states involved.

According to GM, the recall covers 2006 Chevrolet Trailblazer EXT and GMC Envoy XL, as well as 2006-2007 Trailblazers, Envoy, Buick Rainier, Saab 9-7x and Isuzu Ascender sold in Connecticut, Delaware, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Vermont, West Virginia, Wisconsin and the District of Columbia are all part of this recall.

GM has said that fluid can get inside the drivers door module and cause corrosion that can cause a short in the circuit boards and potentially cause a fire. Some reports indicate that fires have started from this problem while the vehicle is keyed off and unattended.

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Are Kwik Set Smartkeys really Smart?

divider for post pagesKwik Set put out a comical video to introduce the Kwik Set smart key to customers eagerly awaiting security technology that would not only protect their homes and businesses, but also give them the freedom to take control of access issues of their properties. The average homeowner will give the keys to their homes to many different people. Babysitters, contractors, neighbors and family members are just the beginning of the list of people who may at some point need a key to your home. Homeowners thought they had found a workable solution to their ongoing dilemma. But have they?

Consumers report jumped on the Kwik Set Smart Key band wagon shortly after it was introduced to the public..

As more people became aware of this new product, more and more homeowners installed the Kwik Set Smart Key. As word spread of the convenience of this new product, home improvement stores like Home Depot and Lowes struggled to keep them on the shelves. The honeymoon has been short lived though as consumers began to have problems with the locks rekeying themselves. As a locksmith, I have run across a couple issues with these locks.

One of the biggest selling points of the Smart Key was the fact that it was bump proof. That, in and of itself is a great thing, unless your the locksmith that gets the call from a homeowner locked out of their home who has installed one of these locks. The good news here is that thieves cant bump or pick your locks, the bad news is that if you lock yourself out of your house, you cant bump or pick it either. I have had to purchase a special tool to defeat the Kwik Set Smart key locks. Good news for the locked out homeowner. The bad news is that once I use this tool in your lock, it can render it unable to rekey another key and even though the existing key my still work the lock for a while, damage has been done to the inside of the lock and it is recommended that the lock be replaced.

It is worth noting that Kwik Set is not the only company to put out this Smart Key technology. Schlage followed suite and came out with its own version of the Smart Key technology. Schlage called their version SecureKey. Schlage discontinued there SecureKey products as of December 31, 2011. It is unclear from the original announcement the reason for the discontinuation, however the press release does mention the fact that Kwik Set filed a law suit against Schlage over this Smart Key technology.

There was recently a lockpicking contest at a locksmith convention here in Florida. 56 Kwikset SmartKey and 56 Schlage SecureKey were challenged. On that day the Kwikset product proved to be much more pick resistant. Only one was picked, whereas, forty four of the Schlage locks were picked. Here is link to the full article:
http://www.businesswire.com/news/home/20100825005392/en

The fact that these locks could be rekeyed by the homeowners themselves was another big draw for these locks. If you search Google for the Kwik Set Smart Key, you will find comment after comment of people who have installed these locks just to have the key quit working days or months later. Like most great new technology, the SmartKey has had its growing pains. The problem is that these locks apparently have the ability to rekey themselves at random giving the homeowner little or no warning. There seems to be mixed reviews about this self rekeying issue however, as some homeowners have had no problems at all with their locks, while others have had nothing but trouble with theirs. If you have purchased one of these locks, I highly recommend you register your product with Kwik Set. This will ensure you receive the support you need in the event you are one of the customers who experience a problem with your new lock.

I am looking forward to comments from my readers who are using these locks. The majority of the positive feedback I receive from my customers using this Kwik Set product does not match the number of negative comments I see about it on the internet.

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