Ford Recalls 500,000 Escape and Fusion Vehicles That Could Unexpectedly Roll Away

Even when the driver moves the shift lever to park and removes the ignition key, the vehicle may not actually be in park

Ford Recalls 500,000 Escape and Fusion Vehicles That Could Unexpectedly Roll Away
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July 23, 2018

Ford has implemented a new safety recall that affects approximately 500,000 model year 2013-2014 Ford Escape and 2013-2016 Ford Fusion vehicles that are equipped with six-speed automatic transmissions.

What's the problem?

The bushing that attaches the transmission shifter cable to the transmission may degrade over time and cause the bushing to detach from the transmission. If this occurs, even when the driver moves the shift lever to park and removes the ignition key, the vehicle may not actually be in park.

In this situation, the driver would receive no warning message or audible chime to alert them that the vehicle is not in park.

If the driver exits the vehicle without the transmission being in park and without the parking brake being applied, the vehicle may unexpectedly move/roll away, increasing the risk of a crash or injury to bystanders.

What happens next?

Ford will notify owners of the recalled Escape and Fusion vehicles beginning in late-July 2018. Local dealers will then replace the shifter cable bushing, free of charge.

Owners can contact Ford customer service at (866) 436-7332 with additional questions. For faster service, provide recall reference number 18S20.

Always Use Parking Brake

Note: Ford is directing owners of the affected vehicles to always apply their parking brake prior to exiting the vehicle until the repair has been made.