Ford Motor Company is recalling select Ford Escape, C-Max, Fusion, Transit Connect, and Ford Edge vehicles over a gear-shifting safety defect, according to Automotive News.
The defect: in affected vehicles, a damaged or missing bushing can prevent the transmission from shifting into the intended gear.
The hazards: if the transmission shifts into an unintended gear, is could cause the vehicle to move in an unexpected direction, increasing the risk of a crash.
Ford is aware of six reports alleging property damage from this defect, as well as 1,630 warranty reports.
Components: under hood and shift cable shift bushings.
Affected vehicles: select 2013-2019 Ford Escape, 2013-2018 C-Max, 2013-2016 Fusion, 2013-2021 Transit Connect, and 2015-2018 Edge vehicles.
Number of vehicles affected: 2.9 million
The fix: dealers will replace the under hood shift bushing and add a protective cap over the shift cable bushing.