"In the affected vehicles, the pawl spring tab in the side door latch could break," the release explained. "A door that opens while driving increases the risk of injury."
Affected vehicles include 2013-15 Ford C-MAX and Ford Escape, 2012-15 Ford Focus, 2015 Ford Mustang and Lincoln MKC and 2014-16 Ford Transit Connect, the release noted.
Ford said it had identified one reported accident and three reported injuries that may be related to the defective latches.
More than 2 million of the affected vehicles are in the United States with the remainder in Canada and Mexico, the release added.