Ford recalls half a million vehicles for shifter, wheel problems

Ford Fusion and Escape, stripped chassis trucks recalled in two actions

Published: July 19, 2018, 2:30 AM
Updated: July 23, 2018, 6:38 AM

2013 Ford Escape SEL

Ford is recalling about half a million vehicles in two separate actions to address problems with shifter cables and front-wheels studs.

2015 Ford Fusion

The bulk of the vehicles are Ford Fusion sedans and Ford Escape crossovers, from 2013-16 and 2013-14 model years, respectively.

Affected vehicles may have degraded bushings that attach the shifter cable to the transmission. If the bushing detaches from the transmission, it may result in the transmission being in a gear other than the one selected by the driver. If “Park” is selected and the ignition key removed while the transmission is not in “Park,” the vehicle could move, if the parking brake is not set. That could result in injury or damage, though Ford is not aware of any incidents related to the issue.

2013 Ford Escape

The recall affects 549,401 vehicles in North America, with 504,182 of those in the US and federalized territories, 36,887 in Canada and 8,332 in Mexico.

Dealers will replace the shifter cable bushing, but Ford is encouraging owners to always set the parking brake when leaving the vehicle parked.

A recall of 162 stripped-chassis vehicles deals with 2018 F-53s of 22,000-, 24,000- and 26-000-pound GVWR vehicles riding on 22-inch wheels.

Ford F-53 stripped chassis

In those vehicles, the front-wheels may have hub-studs that are not properly heat-treated, meaning they could fail and not properly secure the wheel, which could result in loss of the wheel and an increased chance of a crash potentially resulting in injuries, though Ford is not aware of any incidents related to the issue.