Ford Fusion Recalled for Gear Selector Issue

Ford Fusion Recalled for Gear Selector Issue

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Ford is recalling 259,182 of its 2013 to 2016 Fusion sedans because a cable that links the gear selector to the transmission can fail, allowing the transmission to be in a different gear from what the shifter indicates.

If that happens, Ford says, the driver could put the selector in Park and remove the ignition key even though the transmission may not be in Park. There would be no warning message or chime to indicate this. If the parking brake is not applied, there is a chance that the car could roll away, increasing the risk of injury or crash.

The recall is only for Fusions with the 2.5-liter engine, the automaker says. Ford says it is aware of three reports alleging property damage and one report alleging an injury potentially related to this condition. 

The Details

Vehicles involved: 259,182 Ford Fusion cars with a 2.5-liter engine, built from April 12, 2013, through Feb. 29, 2016, at the Flat Rock, Mich., assembly plant, and from Feb. 9, 2012, through April 4, 2016, at the Hermosillo (Mexico) assembly plant.

The problem: A part that connects the gear selector to the transmission may fail. As a result, drivers may think they’ve put the vehicle in Park even though it’s still in Drive, Reverse, or Neutral. If this happens, the vehicle could be at risk of rolling away.

The fix: Ford says that it is working to confirm a repair and that it will informed affected owners when one is decided on. The Ford reference number for this recall is 19S16.

National Highway Traffic Safety Administration campaign number: There is no NHTSA number yet.



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