Ford Motors recalls 550,000 vehicles
Ford Motors has recalled 550,000 vehicles because they can roll away unexpectedly.
The Ford recall affects cars and SUVs in North America. They are being recalled in order to fix a gear shift problem which could in the vehicles to roll away unexpectedly.
The recall covers certain 2013 through 2016 Fusion sedans and some 2013 and 2014 Escape small SUVs.
The issue involves a bushing that attaches the shifter cable to the transmission which in certain conditions can fall off. If this happens, the driver could shift into park but the vehicle could be in another gear which could prove to be very dangerous. According to Ford:
“The condition could allow the driver to move the shift lever to “Park” and remove the ignition key, while the transmission may not be in “Park,” with no warning message or audible chime. If the parking brake is not applied, a degraded shifter cable bushing that detaches from the transmission could result in unintended vehicle movement, increasing the risk of injury or crash.”
So far, thankfully, there have not been reports of any crashes or injuries but as a precautionary measure, before all cars are rectified, Ford is advising owners to use the parking brake.
Dealers will replace the shifter bushing at no cost and Ford are saying that owners will be notified by July 30.
- 2014 Ford Fusion vehicles built at Flat Rock Assembly Plant between June 18, 2013 and Sept. 15, 2013
- 2014-16 Ford Fusion vehicles built at Flat Rock Assembly Plant between June 2, 2014 and Aug. 31, 2015
- 2013-14 Ford Fusion vehicles built at Hermosillo Stamping and Assembly Plant between May 15, 2013 and Sept. 15, 2013
- 2014-16 Ford Fusion vehicles built at Hermosillo Stamping and Assembly Plant between June 2, 2014 and Aug. 31, 2015
- 2013-14 Ford Escape vehicles built at Louisville Assembly Plant between May 15, 2013 and Sept. 15, 2013
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