Roll-Away Risk Causes Ford To Recall 550,000 Vehicles
Yikes! Here's a list of all models affected.
If you have a Ford Fusion or a Ford Escape, listen up. Select models of both vehicles have been recalled due to roll-away concerns.
The problem is with a part connected to the transmission that could allow the transmission to be in a different gear than the one selected by the driver. That part (shifter cable bushing) will need to be replaced to prevent roll-aways.
“On affected vehicles, the bushing that attaches the shifter cable to the transmission may detach from the transmission,” Ford said in their recall notice. “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,” the notice continued.
Included in the recall are select 2013-16 model year Ford Fusion vehicles and 2013-14 Ford Escape vehicles. Affected cars are listed below:
- 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
The recall involves around 550,000 vehicles in North America, including around 504,000 in the United States.
If your vehicle is on the list, dealers will replace the shifter cable bushing at no charge to you. In the meantime, Ford recommends using your parking brake to be extra safe. Ford is not aware of any accidents or injuries related to the recall.
Ford has also issued a recall for approximately 162 2018 Ford stripped chassis incomplete vehicles with 22.5-inch wheels and 22,000-, 24,000- or 26,000-pound gross vehicle weight rating for front-wheel studs that were not heat treated properly. Affected vehicles were built at the Detroit Chassis Plant between June 13-22, 2018.
If you have any vehicle on this recall list, see your Ford dealer for more information.