Ford adds 270,000 cars to recall for unintended rollaways
MAY 2019 – Detroit News — Ford is adding 270,000 vehicles to a recall in North America to fix a gearshift problem that could cause them roll away unexpectedly.
The addition covers certain 2013 through 2016 Fusion midsize cars with 2.5-liter engines.
The company is urging drivers to always use the parking brake until repairs are made.
Ford says a bushing that attaches the shifter cable to the transmission can degrade, causing the cable to detach. If that happens, a driver could shift into park but the car could be in another gear.
Ford has one report of an injury and three property damage reports. Engineers are developing a fix.
Last year Ford recalled 550,000 Fusions from 2013 through 2016 and Escape small SUVs from 2013 and 2014 for the same problem with a different cause.
Ford says owners will be notified when repairs and parts are ready, and that owners of cars fixed in the previous recall are not affected.
The 2018 recall covered cars with a number of different engines, including the 2.5-liter.
RECALL: Ford is recalling certain 2013-2014 Ford Escape, and 2013-2016 Ford Fusion vehicles; Unintentional Rollaway Due to Detached Shift Cable
Report Receipt Date: JUL 16, 2018
NHTSA Campaign Number: 18V471000
Component(s): POWER TRAIN
Potential Number of Units Affected: 504,182
Manufacturer: Ford Motor Company
JULY 2018 — Ford Motor Company (Ford) is recalling certain 2013-2014 Ford Escape, and 2013-2016 Ford Fusion vehicles, equipped with six-speed automatic transmissions. The bushing that attaches the transmission shifter cable to the transmission may degrade over time and cause the bushing to detach from the transmission. 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 vehicle is exited without the transmission being in Park and without the parking brake being applied, the vehicle may unexpectedly move, increasing the risk of a crash. Ford will notify owners, and dealers will replace the shifter cable bushing, free of charge. The recall is expected to begin July 30, 2018. Owners may contact Ford customer service at 1-866-436-7332. Ford’s number for this recall is 18S20. Note: Owners are directed to use the parking brake until the recall remedy repairs can be made. Owners may also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), or go to www.safercar.gov.
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