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2013-2016 Ford Escape, Fusion: Recall Alert

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Vehicles Affected: Approximately 504,000 model-year 2013-14 Ford Escape SUVs and model-year 2013-16 Fusion sedans

The Problem: The bushing that attaches the shifter cable to the transmission may detach from the transmission, which may allow the transmission to be in a different gear than the selected shift position. The condition could also allow the driver to move the shift lever to Park and remove the ignition key, while the transmission may not be in Park, with no warning message or audible chime. Both could result in unintended vehicle movement, increasing the risk of injury or a crash.

Ford said it is not aware of any accidents or injuries associated with the issue.

The Fix: Dealers will replace the shifter cable bushing for free. Ford instructs owners to use their parking brake until the repair has been made.

What Owners Should Do: Ford did not immediately announce an owner-notification schedule. Owners can call the automaker at 866-436-7332, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s vehicle-safety hotline at 888-327-4236 or visit its website to check their vehicle identification number and learn more.

Need to Find a Dealer for Service? Go to Cars.com Service & Repair to find your local dealer. To check for other recalls, and to schedule a free recall repair at your local dealership, click here: Ford Escape; Ford Fusion

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