By Susan Lasser, J.D.
Ford Motor Company (Ford) is recalling over a half million 2013-2014 Ford Escape and 2013-2016 Ford Fusion vehicles equipped with six-speed automatic transmissions because the bushing that attaches the transmission shifter cable to the transmission may degrade over time and cause the bushing to detach from the transmission. This condition could allow the driver to move the shift lever to "Park" and remove the ignition key, while the transmission may not be in the park position, 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 can move unexpectedly, increasing the risk of a crash (NHTSA Recall Notice, No. 18V471, Report receipt date: July 16, 2018).
According to a news release on its website about the recall, Ford estimates the number of vehicles recalled in North America to be about 549,401 vehicles—this includes 504,182 in the United States and federalized territories, 36,887 in Canada, and 8,332 in Mexico. NHTSA’s recall report only indicates the U.S. vehicle approximation.
Ford also states that it is not aware of any accidents or injuries related to the recall "condition." The company also details that affected vehicles include:
- 2014 Ford Fusion vehicles built at the Flat Rock Assembly Plant between June 18, 2013 and Sept. 15, 2013;
- 2014-16 Ford Fusion vehicles built at the Flat Rock Assembly Plant between June 2, 2014 and Aug. 31, 2015;
- 2013-14 Ford Fusion vehicles built at the Hermosillo Stamping and Assembly Plant between May 15, 2013 and Sept. 15, 2013;
- 2014-16 Ford Fusion vehicles built at the Hermosillo Stamping and Assembly Plant between June 2, 2014 and Aug. 31, 2015; and
- 2013-14 Ford Escape vehicles built at the Louisville Assembly Plant between May 15, 2013 and Sept. 15, 2013.
Remedy. 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 are directed to use the parking brake until the recall remedy repairs can be made.
Contact information. Owners may contact Ford customer service at 1-866-436-7332. Ford's number for this recall is 18S20. Also, owners may 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.
Companies: Ford Motor Co.
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