Ford recalls nearly 3 million cars because they can roll away, even while in park

DETROIT — Ford is recalling an estimated 2.9 million vehicles due to an issue with the shifter cable that can cause the cars not to go into the intended gear, leading to rollaway crashes. The Associated Press reports documents posted by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration indicate the cable can detach or degrade over time and that can lead to the impacted vehicles not shifting properly into the intended gear.

If that happens, a driver who for instance believes their car is in park, may actually be in another gear, allowing it to rollaway and cause a crash or other damage. Ford says it is aware of four injury reports as a result of the issue, and another six property damage claims. Ford has also received 1,630 warranty reports and 233 complaints about the problem.

The recalled vehicle and model years are:

  • Ford Escape — 2013 to 2019
  • Ford C-Max — 2013 to 2018
  • Ford Fusion — 2013 to 2016
  • Ford Transit Connect — 2013 to 2021
  • Ford Edge — 2015 to 2018

Owners of impacted vehicles will be notified via letter starting June 27. Repairs will be made at dealerships where maintenance will replace the bushing and add a protective cap, according to the AP.

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