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Ford is recalling an estimated 2.9 million vehicles owing to a problem with the shifter cable that might cause the vehicles to fail to shift into the proper gear, resulting in rollaway accidents. According to records from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, the cable can detach or deteriorate with time, causing impacted vehicles to fail to shift into the right gear.
According to the National Highway Safety Administration, the problem has resulted in six incidents of property damage and four cases of injury.
The transmission on impacted Ford (F) automobiles and SUVs may not be in the park position, despite the shifter position indicating that the vehicle had shifted to park. As a result, according to the safety agency, drivers have exited a vehicle only to have it roll away, increasing the danger of injury or crash.
In 2016, actor Anton Yelchin died due to a similar issue with a 2015 Jeep Grand Cherokee. Yelchin was pinned to a brick post in front of his Los Angeles house after his Jeep rolled down his driveway. Fortunately, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has not reported any deaths due to the Ford recall.
Ford vehicles affected by the recall
The vehicles in question include the Escape from 2013 to 2019, the C-Max from 2013 to 2018, the Fusion from 2013 to 2016, and the Transit Connect from 2013 to 2021.
Ford informed the EPA that this is the company’s seventh recall related to the problem since 2018. In past shift cable part recalls, Ford recalled nearly 1.4 million vehicles worldwide.
Ford and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) continued to discuss field reports connected to vehicles that were not included in earlier recalls after an April recall linked to the same issue.
Ford says it found 1,630 warranty reports and 233 other reports related to this issue between April 2015 and March 2022.
Dealers will replace the under-hood shift bushing and apply a protective cap to fix the problem. In addition, the new parts will be made of a different material grade.
On Tuesday, Ford announced a recall of around 49,000 Mustang Mach-E electric vehicles due to a component that could overheat and cause a loss of propulsion power. To fix the problem, the automaker will upgrade the vehicle software. In North America, Ford has received 286 warranty claims connected to the recall since July, according to the company.
With 38 recall efforts affecting 6.6 million vehicles this year, Ford leads all automakers in the United States.