On Tuesday, U.S. auto safety inspectors said that they are initiating an inquiry into 346,000 Ford (F.N)

Escape sport utility vehicles due to a possible failure of a weld in the door assembly,

which may lead to an unintentional door opening while driving.

118 questionnaires indicating a failure of the spot welds in the check arm bracket for the front doors of

Ford Escape cars model year 2020–21 have been sent to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

"Working with NHTSA to support their investigation," Ford said.