Ford Recalls 260,000 More Fusion Sedans for Breaking Shifter Cables

Clifford Atiyeh
Photo credit: Michael Simari

From Car and Driver

  • Ford says shifter cables can snap off and render the gear selector broken or useless on 2013–2016 Ford Fusion sedans.
  • The automaker's latest recall expands a July 2018 recall of about a half-million cars.
  • The 2019 Ranger also has a similar transmission problem under a separate new recall.

Ford is recalling 259,182 additional Fusion sedans in the United States for faulty shifter cables that can cause rollaways, the automaker said Wednesday.

In July, Ford recalled more than a half-million Fusion and Escape models for these shifter cables, which can break off the transmission due to a bad bushing at the connection point. A supplier had added lubricant to these bushings, which ultimately led them to fail on 2013–2016 Fusion and 2013–2014 Escape models, according to a recall filing with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). Several dangerous things can happen, such as the gear selector indicating the wrong gear or a driver switching off the vehicle in park and exiting with the key when the transmission is actually in neutral. Ford said the newly affected Fusions are equipped with the 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine and that it knows of at least one injury and three reports of property damage related to these cars. Previously in July, we found at least 16 Fusion owners and seven Escape owners documenting the issue with NHTSA.

As before, Ford is recommending Fusion owners apply the parking brake at all times when the vehicle is stopped. Dealers have not yet received parts, although the fix will involve replacing the shifter cable. As of April 30, Ford dealers have repaired more than half of the previously recalled Fusion and Escape models, according to NHTSA.

Photo credit: Marc Urbano - Car and Driver

Ford is also recalling the 2019 Ranger for the second time in three months for another transmission problem. Before, 2992 Ranger pickups in the U.S. had faulty shifter interlock assemblies on 10-speed automatic transmissions that let the driver move the shifter from park without the key or stepping on the brake. Now, about 2500 more pickups may have similar defects as the Fusion, with a loose cable that can detach and cause all the aforementioned problems. Dealers will remove and reinstall two fasteners that the factory didn't torque to spec. In April 2018, Ford recalled 350,000 trucks and SUVs with the 10-speed automatic for yet more problems with shifter cables.

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