Ford Recalls 550,000 Fusions and Escapes Over Possible Rollaway Risk

Ford issued a recall on Wednesday for more than a half-million Fusion and Escape vehicles that have a potential rollaway risk due to faulty shifter cable bushings.

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The automaker said Wednesday that select 2013-16 model year Fusions and 2013-14 Escapes have bushings that could detach from the transmission, and then allow the transmission to be in a different gear than whatever the driver had selected.

“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 said. “If the parking brake is not applied, a degraded shifter cable bushing that detaches from the transmission could result in unintended vehicle movement, increasing the risk of injury or crash.”

Ford said it isn’t aware of any accidents or injuries related to the issue, and the automaker encouraged owners to use their parking brake in the meantime. Dealers will replace the bushing at no cost, Ford said.

The vehicles covered by the recall include:

  • 2014 Ford Fusion vehicles built at Flat Rock Assembly Plant between June 18-Sept. 15, 2013
  • 2014-16 Ford Fusion vehicles built at Flat Rock between June 2, 2014 and Aug. 31, 2015
  • 2013-14 Ford Fusion vehicles built at Hermosillo Stamping and Assembly Plant between May 15-Sept. 15, 2013
  • 2014-16 Ford Fusion vehicles built at Hermosillo between June 2, 2014 and Aug. 31, 2015
  • 2013-14 Ford Escape vehicles built at Louisville Assembly Plant between May 15-Sept. 15, 2013
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As always, a friendly reminder: Get your recalls fixed.

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