Ford Fusion Recall Indicates Certain 2013 through 2016 Vehicles May Roll Away While in Park
More than a quarter million Ford Fusion vehicles from the 2013 through 2016 model years are being recalled, due to a risk that the parking brake may not fully engage, allowing the vehicle to roll away and cause injuries for occupants or bystanders.
The Ford Fusion recall was announced this week, after the manufacturer determined that the bushing attaching the shifter cable may degrade and detach from the transmission, allowing the transmission to be in a different gear than is indicated by the shifter.
In the event the cable that links the gear selector to the transmission fails, drivers may think they have put the vehicle in Park, even though it is still in Drive, Reverse, or Neutral. As a result, this may cause the vehicle to move out of position as a passenger is getting out of the vehicle, or the Ford Fusion may roll away after parked, and cause an accident or injure pedestrians.
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To date, Ford is aware of at least three reports involving problems where a Fusion vehicle rolled away when the gear shifter was put in the Park position. Of the reports, three have involved property damage and one injury.
The recall impacts approximately 259,182 model year 2013 through 2016 Ford Fusions equipped with a 2.5-liter engine. The vehicles were manufactured by Ford at the Flat Rock, Michigan assembly plant from April 12, 2013 through February 29, 2016 and at the Hermosillo, Mexico assembly plant from February 9, 2012 through April 4, 2016.
Customers are being asked to not park the vehicles on hills or inclines until the vehicles are inspected and repaired. Drivers are also being instructed to engage the emergency parking brake until further inspection.
Ford is currently working on a repair remedy and will provide details to affected vehicle owners once one is decided on and parts become available.
Ford issued a similar recall in July last year, when the automaker recalled approximately 550,000 Ford Escape SUVs and Ford Fusion vehicles, which may have a defective shifter cable that may degrade and detach from the transmission, allowing the gear to unexpectedly shift out of the park position.
Just prior to the July 2018 recall, Ford had recalled another 350,000 Ford Expedition SUVs and F-150 trucks for a similar gear shift problem. This recall involved a gear cable clip that did not engage properly; however, it posed the same rollaway hazard.
Rose SMarch 19, 2021 at 1:21 pm
In May 2018 I parked Ford fusion in front of shop. Shut the door it proceeded to roll backwards getting faster as it went . I ran grabbed the door handle tried to jump in step on break car swerved I fell to ground holding onto door the car pulled ne backward rolled over my leg dragging me 40 ft before stopping . 3 men came to help car was revving motor on 1 shouted put it in 1 shouted its in park [Show More]In May 2018 I parked Ford fusion in front of shop. Shut the door it proceeded to roll backwards getting faster as it went . I ran grabbed the door handle tried to jump in step on break car swerved I fell to ground holding onto door the car pulled ne backward rolled over my leg dragging me 40 ft before stopping . 3 men came to help car was revving motor on 1 shouted put it in 1 shouted its in park .I was taken to er. I called Ford company after calling my insurance told Ford what happened said they'd get back with me gave me an incident number they never called . I took fusion to fort meade Ford they replaced a part on transmission. In July I get a recall notice from Ford saying use breaks car can roll due to faulty transmission clamp .I contacted bartow Ford told them I have a recall letter but a part was changed out already they said nope its a different part that needs to be changed . On way to bartow steering wheel needed fixed it was coming loose . So I had that fixed took car on to bartow Ford after waiting months I told them what happened . They fixed it . I recieve another letter from Ford stating to use emergency breaks . I have a video the emergency breaks don't work they quit while we were on a back road .Video shows break lights flashing saying I have no breaks and really I had no breaks on the car from hell . Fords attorney came to my place of business with a stenographer asked me lots of guesting I answered honestly he also spoke to 3 of my witnesses he left and we heard nothing else from Ford they blow us off . My insurance says I should have had attorney there but didn't have one . I've been through more than a year treatment have 3 discs herniated a torn muscle in leg scars etc from 2014 Ford fusion rolling backwards after being parked . Ford attorney told us he went to bartow Ford bartow Ford said I didn't tell them about car rolling over me . Ugh why would I . I'm a usually private person and Fort Meade Ford is who I went to after car rolled over me . They were told car rolls away or slam the door it starts up. I've got all 4 repair receipts. Videos and 3 witnesses I've tried to be nice but no longer I need an Attorney and Ford needs to make things right before their cars roll over someone else .
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