Michael Simari Car and Driver
- An automatic-transmission defect is spurring a large recall at Ford.
- Nearly 3 million cars are affected, spanning the 2013 to 2021 model years, including 1.7 million Escape, 509,400 Edge, and 439,483 Fusion models.
- Ford says it’s aware of six instances of property damage related to the problem.
Ford is recalling more than 2.9 million vehicles to correct a problem with the automatic transmission. According to Ford’s filing with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), a damaged or missing bushing inside the transmission may prevent the vehicle from shifting into the selected gear. The vehicle therefore could roll away because it’s not actually in Park, or it could drive in an unintended direction when the operator selects Drive or Reverse. A vehicle that is shut off when not in Park might not be able to be restarted.
The affected models are the 2013–2019 Escape, 2013–2106 Fusion, 2015–2018 Edge, 22013–2018 C-Max, and 2013–2021 Transit Connect.
Ford says the fix involves replacing the shift bushing and adding a protective cap over the shift cable bushing. Owners will be notified by letter on June 27 but can check the NHTSA recalls website for more information and to see if their vehicle is affected. Ford’s recall number for this issue is 22S43.
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