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Ford Recalls 270K Vehicles Including New Rangers And 2013-16 Fusions

"Ford is aware of three reports alleging property damage and one report alleging an injury."

May 15, 2019 - 9:21 am

(WWJ) Ford Motor Company is issuing two safety recalls in North America, including 2019 Ranger trucks and the Fusion sedan, over issues that could cause the vehicles to move while the driver believes them to be in park.

In the Ranger, the issue is a transmission shift cable bracket fastener. On some affected vehicles, the two fasteners that secure the transmission shift cable bracket to the transmission housing may not have been torqued to specification. Over time, an improperly torqued fastener could allow the transmission to be in a gear different from the one the gearshift indicates.

Worst case scenario, it could allow the driver to remove the ignition key while the vehicle is not in park and allow it to roll away, risking a crash or injury.

Ford is not aware of any accidents or injuries related to this condition.

This action affects approximately 2,500 vehicles in the United States and federalized territories and approximately 260 in Canada. Affected vehicles include 2019 Ranger vehicles built at Michigan Assembly Plant, March 5-13, 2019.

For the Fusion, the recall is for 2013-16 vehicles equipped with 2.5-liter engine for shifter cable bushing issue. On affected vehicles, the bushing may detach from the transmission, allowing the transmission to be in a gear state different from the gearshift position selected by the driver.

Again, the driver could move the shift lever to park and remove the ignition key -- while the transmission is not actually in park. The truck could move, 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 company said in a press release.

This action affects approximately 270,000 vehicles in North America, including 259,182 in the United States and federalized territories, 10,282 in Canada and 3,765 in Mexico.

Affected vehicles include 2013-16 Fusion 2.5-liter engine-equipped vehicles not in the original safety recall 18S20 built at Flat Rock Assembly Plant, April 12, 2013 to Feb. 29, 2016 and at Hermosillo Assembly Plant, Feb. 9, 2012 to April 4, 2016.

The root cause and final service repair are in the process of being confirmed. Dealers and vehicle owners will be instructed to always use the parking brake, and they will be notified when the final remedy is available.