Rapidly wearing bushings in the suspensions of some Ford vehicles led to the recall of 2,925,968 vehicles. If the bushing fails, the car may not switch to the gear that the driver intends to do. This increases the risk of injury.
The recall concerns the gearshift cable sleeve in some Ford vehicles manufactured between 2013 and 2021. Its task is to attach the gearshift cable to the transmission, but over time it can wear out, which leads to disconnection of the cable. In this case, the transmission may not switch to the gear indicated by the lever position.
The car does not give the driver any beeps or warnings about this, although the transmission indicator in the instrument cluster should be correct.
“Car owners leaving in a hurry can easily move the parking lever without noticing what the dashboard shows and leave the car when it is not in the correct gear. This may cause the machine to roll back.”
The following cars are included in this recall: 1,726,763 2013-2019 Ford Escape cars with 1.5, 1.6, 2.0 or 2.5 liter engines and 6F35 transmission; 143,220 2013-2018 Ford C-Max cars with 2.0-liter engine and ECVT transmission; 439,483 2013-2016 Ford Fusion cars with engines 1.5, 1.6 or 2.0 liters and 6F35 or ECVT transmissions; 107 102 Ford Transit Connects 2013-2021 with 1.6 or 2.0 liter engines and 6F35 or 8F35 transmissions; as well as 509,400 Ford Edges 2015-2018 with 2.0, 2.7 or 3.5 liter engines and 6F35 or 6F55 gearboxes.
Ford plans to contact the owners starting June 27. They will be offered to deliver their cars to the nearest dealership to replace the bushing with a new, more durable part. In addition, Ford will also install a protective cap on the gearshift cable sleeve. All repairs will be carried out free of charge, and compensation will be paid to the owners who have eliminated this problem at their own expense.
Ford is aware of 1,630 warranty claims related to this issue, as well as 6 reports of material damage and 4 facts of injuries that may be related to this problem.