Ford has a recall for more than 2.9 million vehicles to fix a transmission problem that may cause inadvertent rollaway crashes.
Specifically, the recall affects five different models from in the years 2013 to 2021.
This latest recall is similar to a problem a few years ago affecting the 2015 Jeep Grand Cherokee. The SUV reportedly had rollaway issues and caused the death of actor Anton Yelchin in 2016. The actor’s Jeep rolled down backwards down his driveway and it pinned him to a brick post at his Los Angeles home. However, at this time, there are no reports of deaths or serious injuries leading to this Ford recall.
The Ford vehicles to be recalled are:
- Escape (2013-2019)
- C-Max (2013-2018)
- Fusion (2013-2016)
- Ford Transit Connect (2013 and 2021)
- Edge vehicles (2015-2018)
The cause of the problem is a bushing that attaches the shifter cable to the transmission, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. The cable may either degrade or detach, preventing the ability of the driver to shift into the intended gear. Motorists driving these vehicles may believe they shifted into park, but instead it was put in a different gear and rolled away.
Ford stated in documents that it knows of four separate injury reports involving the issue as well as six claims involving only property damage. Additionally, the auto company has 1,630 warranty reports and 233 complaints related to this problem.
Meanwhile, owners of these vehicles should bring them to the dealership to have them replace the bushing and add a protective cap. Ford is sending out a letter to owners starting June 27.
California Lemon Law Attorney James Johnson
Did you purchase one of the above Ford vehicles identified with a major safety issue? If so, you may need help. Also, vehicles in the shop for 30 days or more may have a cause for legal action.
California Lemon Law Attorney James Johnson will review your case and let you know if it qualifies as a lemon.
Also, we recommend that you obtain an invoice for all repairs and recall visits from the dealership. These documents will support your potential case. Should the vehicle experience repeated issues or become a safety risk, these documents support the Lemon Law Claim. Contact us for a free case review at 1-800-235-6801.