Ford recalls 550,000 Fusions and Escapes over roll-away threat

Ford is recalling more than half a million vehicles in North America because of a problem that could cause unintended vehicle movement.

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A look at the Ford recall

At issue in this latest recall are the shifter cable bushings in certain 2013-2016 Ford Fusion and 2013-2014 Ford Escape vehicles.

The shifter cable may become detached from the transmission, thereby creating a situation where a parked vehicle could be in a gear other than “park” — unbeknownst to the motorist — and may roll away.

“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,” Ford notes in a press release.

Here are the specific vehicles included in this recall:

  • 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

Owners on record who have one of these vehicles will be contacted shortly to have the shifter cable bushing replaced free of charge at a Ford dealership.

But until that time, be sure to use your emergency parking brake!

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