Dearborn, MI – June 26, 2022 – Ford (NYSE:F) is recalling 2,925,968 vehicles that may roll away while in Park.
This is the fifth recall in the past four years due to this issue for some of the model-years involved. It comes on the heels of several reports of property damage and injuries associated with this defect.
The list of vehicles affected by this recall includes:
- 2013 – 2018 Ford C-Max
- 2015 – 2018 Ford Edge
- 2013 – 2019 Ford Escape
- 2013 – 2016 Ford Fusion
- 2013 – 2021 Ford Transit Connect
A damaged or detached part called bushing may cause the gear shift lever to disconnect from the transmission. As a result, the transmission could fail to shift into the correct gear in response to the shifter. If the shifter is in the Park position but the transmission is not, the vehicle could roll away.
The component in question is the shift cable bushing, with component number 7E395.
Background of the recall
This is the fifth time some of the model-years included in this recall are being recalled due to the same issue. The first recall occurred in 2018 and included the 2013-2014 Ford Escape and 2013-2016 Ford Fusion vehicles. That recall was later expanded in 2019 as Ford identified “two distinct vehicle populations” with deteriorated bushings either due to a supplier error or unknown causes.
In May of this year, there was a Ford Escape recall due to deteriorated bushings, this time because of heat and humidity, as reported.
Finally, this recall follows the discovery of additional claims alleging failure of said bushings, as well property damage and injuries. The root cause is unknown but may be connected with heat and humidity just like in the May recall.
Drivers may notice that the gear shift lever does not put the vehicle into the correct gear or that the dashboard instrument panel shows a different gear than the shifter position indicates. If the vehicle is turned off when the shifter is in Park but the transmission is in a different gear, the vehicle will not restart.
Vehicle rollaway increases the risk of a crash, injury, and property damage.
Other Ford recalls
Among other relevant Ford Fusion Recalls, one from January 2022, caused by issues with the brake pedal, is the most recent.
The 2022 Transit vans were just recalled due to malfunctioning instrument panel, as reported.
Dealers will replace the affected bushings with a redesigned part and add a protective cap. This repair is free of charge.
Notifications to owners will be sent on June 27, 2022.
Is your vehicle a part of this recall?
This large-scale Ford rollaway recall affects almost three million vehicles. To do a Ford recall check and see if yours is one of them, use MotorSafety’s free vehicle lookup tool.