Ford Motor Co. this week issued a recall after discovering a transmission glitch that could cause their popular Ford Fusion vehicle to shift gears on its own and rollaway.
Ford Recalls 270,000 Ford Fusions
Ford issued a recall this week for a bit more than a quarter of a million Ford Fusions after discovering a transmission glitch that could cause the car to shift into a different gear from the one the driver intended, creating the risk for a potentially dangerous rollaway.
According to the notice posted by Ford, "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. If the parking brake is not applied, a shifter cable that detaches from the transmission could result in unintended vehicle movement, increasing the risk of injury or crash.
"Ford is aware of three reports alleging property damage and one report alleging an injury potentially related to this condition."
The recall covers Fusions sold in North America from the model years 2013 thru 2016 with 2.5-liter engines that were manufactured at Ford's assembly plants in Flat Rock, Michigan and Hermosillo, Mexico. 260,000 of the vehicles were sold in the US, while 10,000 were sold in Canada and 3,000 were sold in Mexico.
Ford also recalled about 3,000 of their Ranger pickup trucks in the US and Canada that were built in Ford's assembly plant in Wayne, Michigan for an incorrectly torqued transmission shift cable bracket, which has a risk of potentially coming loose.
The company said: "This condition could allow the driver to remove the ignition key (if equipped) with no instrument panel warning message or chime indicating that the transmission is not in park. This could allow unintended vehicle movement or roll away if the parking brake is not applied, increasing the risk of a crash or injury.
"Ford is not aware of any accidents or injuries related to this condition."