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.
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.