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Ford to recall 6,000 for transmission woes

Ford Edge and Fusion, and Lincoln MKZ may have faulty torque converters

Published: July 11, 2017, 6:30 PM
Updated: July 14, 2017, 5:57 AM

2017 Ford Fusion - Both cars exhibited best-in-class (with the possible exception of the Mazda6) driving dynamics. It does not take long on a twisty piece of road to realize this car’s roots lie across the pond where it is known as the Mondeo and for exceptional steering and suspension tuning. Smooth, quiet and comfortable on the open road, it transitions to a sports sedan when the road develops the bends and the driver wishes to enjoy the experience.   

Ford Edge - Ford cars have been built in Canada almost as long as they have been in the U.S., beginning in 1904, just a few months after Henry set up shop in Detroit. Today, Ford’s Oakville, Ontario assembly plant is the sole source for the Ford Edge crossover vehicle, which is exported from there to countries around the world.

Ford is recalling about 6,000 Ford Edge crossovers and Fusion sedans, and Lincoln MKZ sedans to deal with transmission problems.

The recall applies to 2017 models equipped with the 2.0-litre EcoBoost 4-cylinder engine and the 6F35 6-speed paddle-shift automatic, which may have an improperly-welded torque converter. If the welded studs come loose, it would break the link between engine and wheels, which would mean the loss of motive power and, if that happens at speed, might cause a crash due to the dramatic change in speed to surrounding traffic.

2017 Lincoln MKZ

The driver will still have steering control (assisted) and braking, and the electrical and restraint system will also still function as intended, which means the driver will still be able to retain control of the vehicle to safely get it out of traffic and then park it, since the transmission’s park feature will still function as well.

In total, 5,914 vehicles are affected with the bulk of them in the US and federalized territories (5,215), 687 in Canada and 12 in Mexico.

Ford is not aware of any incidents or injuries related to issue.

Owners will receive notices asking them to return their vehicles to a Ford Lincoln dealership, to have their vehicles’ torque converters replaced.