Ignition Design Flaw in Recalled Lincoln MKC SUVs Causes Driver to Accidentally Turn off Engine

Ignition Design Flaw in Recalled Lincoln MKC SUVs Causes Driver to Accidentally Turn off Engine
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January 6, 2015

A design flaw has prompted Ford to recall more than 13,500 2015 Lincoln MKC sport utility vehicles.

Drivers are inadvertently shutting off the car when they accidentally press the keyless ignition button while reaching for other controls that are nearby.

According to CNN Wire Service, rather than a traditional gear shift, the MKC uses buttons to put the car in different gears. In some cases, drivers have hit the start-stop button while reaching for the 'S' button to put the car in sport mode.

The ignition button is also next to the touch screen that controls the radio, phone control and navigation system.

Much like General Motors' ignition problems, when the car is suddenly turned off, the driver loses key safety features like power brakes, power steering and airbags.

Unlike General Motors, Ford said it is not aware of any accidents or injuries related to the flaw.

Ford dealers will replace the gearshift module with one that has the push-to-start button in a different location and will reprogram the powertrain control module.

The company is also recalling about 12,200 2014 Ford Escape and 2015 Lincoln MKC SUVs for an issue with the nickel plating on the fuel pump, which may cause the pump to seize. This could cause the vehicle's engine to stall without warning.

No accidents or injuries related to the problem have been reported to the company.

Dealers will replace the fuel delivery module in the affected cars at no charge.