Ford recalls 2.9M vehicles with higher risk of roll away crashes

The recall affects certain Escape, 2013-2018 C-Max, 2013-2016 Fusion, 2013-2021 Transit Connect, and 2015-2018 Edge vehicles.

DETROIT — Ford is recalling over 2.9 million vehicles to fix a transmission problem that may increase the risk of accidental taxiing accidents.

The recall affects certain Escape, 2013-2018 C-Max, 2013-2016 Fusion, 2013-2021 Transit Connect, and 2015-2018 Edge vehicles.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration says in documents posted to its website Wednesday that a bushing that connects the shifter cable to the transmission can deteriorate or become loose. This can prevent the vehicles from shifting into the intended gear. A vehicle that is believed to have been put into park may be in a different gear, allowing it to roll.

Ford says in documents it is aware of four injury reports from the problem and another six property damage claims. The company has 1,630 warranty reports and 233 complaints about the issue.

Dealers replace the bushing and add a protective cap. Owners will be notified by letter starting June 27th.

It’s not the first time in recent months that Ford has been forced into a recall for safety reasons.

In June, Ford asked owners of 350,000 vehicles — specifically the 2021 Ford Expedition and Lincoln Navigator SUVs — to take their cars to dealerships for repairs. The three related recalls were because the engines could catch fire without warning when parked outdoors.

In federal governments released last month, Ford admitted they didn’t know why their cars caught fire. But the company says fires can start even with the engines off. Ford has reports of 16 fires under the hood, 14 in rental vehicles. One person was burned.

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