Ford issues a recall for over 500,000 vehicles.
Ford has issued a major recall campaign in the US affecting certain Escape SUVs built between 2013 and 2014, and Fusion sedans manufactured between 2013 and 2016 that may have faulty transmissions. According to a statement released by the automaker, the selected gear could be different than the one indicated by the shifter. For example, if the driver moves the shift lever to 'Park' and removes the key from the ignition, the car might still be in gear without them knowing. No warning message or audible chime will be displayed if this happens either, so the problem could happen without any warning.
Without the parking brake applied, there's obviously a risk the vehicle could unintentionally roll away, thus increasing the risk of an accident or injury. According to the Blue Oval automaker, the transmission issue was caused by the bushing that attaches the shifter cable to the transmission, which could detach in affected models. Ford said it has already informed dealers about the defect.
In total, the recall affects 549,401 vehicles in North America, including 504,182 in the United States, 36,887 in Canada and 8,332 in Mexico. The affected vehicles were also built in three separate factories: Flat Rock and Louisville in the US, and Hermosillo in Mexico.
Luckily, Ford isn't aware of any injuries or deaths reported related to this issue. Owners of affected vehicles will be contacted by Ford to arrange an appointment with their local dealer, where technicians will replace the shifter cable bushing free of charge. Until the fix, owners are advised to use the parking brake at all times.