Ford is recalling almost three million cars and SUVs in the US that may be at risk for rolling away even if the driver thinks the shifter is in Park. While Transport Canada hasn’t yet issued any recent news on this development, its database shows past recalls for the problem, some dating back to 2017.
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The problem is a bushing that attaches the shift cable to the transmission. It can degrade over time and ultimately detach. If this happens, the transmission may be in a different gear than indicated. The driver could also shift into Park and remove the ignition key without the transmission actually being in the Park gear, allowing it to roll away.
In the US, the recall applies to certain models of these vehicle lines:
- 2013–2019 Escape
- 2013-2018 C-Max Hybrid
- 2013–2016 Fusion sedan
- 2013-2021 Transit Connect
- 2015–2018 Edge
The US National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), which oversees recalls, received documents from Ford saying that the automaker is aware of four injuries, six property damage reports, 233 customer complaints, and 1,630 warranty claims related to the issue in the United States .
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Ford will perform a no-charge repair by replacing the shift bushing and installing a protective cap. It’s also recommended that drivers set the parking brake when the vehicle is parked.
In Canada, Transport Canada previously issued these recalls:
- 2013-2016 Fusion: Recall 2019-226, affecting 10,282 vehicles with 2.5L engine, originally issued May 15, 2019; updated May 5, 2020
- 2013-2021 Transit Connect: Recall 2021-309, affecting 14,103 vehicles with 2.5L engine, originally issued May 24, 2021; updated April 25, 2022
- 2013-2014 Escape, 2013-2016 Fusion: Recall 2018-379, affecting 36,887 vehicles, originally issued July 17, 2018; updated October 10, 2018
To find out if your vehicle is affected by a recall, you can check it through Ford’s consumer website; through the FordPass App if you have it; through Transport Canada’s recall database; or by checking with a Ford dealer. You’ll need the 17-digit vehicle information number (VIN), which is on your ownership or visible on the dash through the driver’s side of the windshield.