The rapidly deteriorating bushings in the suspensions of some Ford vehicles led to the recall of 2,925,968 vehicles. If the bushing fails, the driver may not be able to switch to the gearbox he intended, thus increasing the risk of injury.
The recall applies to replacement cable bushings on some Ford vehicles released between 2013 and 2021. Its function is to attach the shift cable to the gearbox, but it can be very bad when the cable is disconnected.
If this happens, the transmission may not shift to the gear indicated by the lever position. The driver is not given a special call or warning about this, but the transmission in the instrument cluster must be correct.
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However, owners of cars in a hurry can easily move the lever to the “parking” without noticing what the dashboard shows, and leave the car when it is not in the correct gear. This can lead to deviations. In addition, if you turn off the car when it is not “parked” and cannot shift to the same gear with the lever, the car will not start, which can exacerbate your problems.
Ford doesn’t know exactly what causes the bush to deteriorate, but notes that heat and humidity can play a role. However, the company knows in which cars the bushing is.
What models are affected?
This recall includes the following vehicles: 1 726 763 2013-2019 Ford Escapes equipped with 1.5-liter, 1.6-liter, 2.0-liter or 2.5-liter engines and 6F35 transmission; Equipped with a 2.0-liter engine and ECVT transmission 143 220 2013-2018 Ford C-Max; 439 483 2013-2016 Ford Fusions are equipped with 1.5-liter, 1.6-liter or 2.0-liter engines and 6F35 or ECVT transmission; 107 102 2013-2021 Ford Transit Connects are equipped with 1.6-liter or 2.0-liter engines and 6F35 or 8F35 transmission; as well as 509 400 2015-2018 Ford Edges equipped with 2.0-liter, 2.7-liter or 3.5-liter engines and 6F35 or 6F55 transmission.
Ford plans to contact its owners on June 27 and will be asked to bring their car to a local dealer to replace the bushing with a new, more durable one. Ford also installs a protective cover over the replacement cable sleeve. All repairs are free of charge and compensation will be paid to the owners who solved the problem with their own money.
Ford is aware of the 1630 warranty claims on this issue, as well as six property damage reports and four injury reports that may be related to this issue.