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UNITED STATES - JULY 21: A 2010 Lincoln MKS is driven at the Ford Motor Co. Dearborn Proving Ground n Dearborn, Michigan, U.S., on Tuesday, July 21, 2009. Ford Motor Co., the only U.S. automaker to decline a federal bailout, posted a second-quarter loss that beat analysts' estimates as the company pared expenses and added domestic market share. (Photo by Mark Elias/Bloomberg via Getty Images)

DEARBORN, Mich. (AP) — Ford is recalling more than 221,000 cars and vans to fix problems with door latches and seat belts.

The biggest recall covers nearly 205,000 Ford Taurus, Lincoln MKS and Police Interceptor models in North America from the 2010 to 2013 model years. Ford says a door latch spring can become unseated, allowing the door to unlatch in a side-impact crash. The company says it knows of no injuries from the problem. Dealers will inspect the latches and replace door handles if needed.

The second recall covers just over 16,000 Transit Connect small vans in the U.S. from the 2014 model year. Seat belt fasteners can loosen, causing the belts to malfunction. Ford says the problem hasn’t caused any crashes or injuries.

Dealers will replace and tighten the seat belt fasteners.