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Ford Recalls 550,000 Escape and Fusion Vehicles Over Rollaway Concerns

Ford has issued a recall of 550,000 Fusion and Escape vehicles over rollaway concerns.

The recall specifically applies to the 2013-2016 Fusion and 2013-2014 Ford Escape and stems from a problem with a part connected to the vehicle's transmission where a bushing responsible for holding the car's shifter cable in place might detach, Ford says. The result can be an issue where the car is in a different gear than the driver thinks it is. For instance, the car might register as being in Park, when it's actually in neutral.

Ford says it has not received any reports of accidents or injuries related to the problem.

Drivers who own one of the recalled Ford vehicles can have the shifter cable bushing replaced at the dealership, which will correct the issue. Until that replacement happens, Ford suggests that drivers' use the parking brake whenever they park their vehicle to ensure it does not move unintentionally.

Ford Focus and Ford Fusion Clutch Recall

This recall is different than the issues related to the 2011-2016 Ford Fiesta and 2012-2016 Ford Focus Powershift dual clutch transmission.  Instead, this involves the manual transmission in:

  •  2013-2016 Ford Focus cars are equipped with 1-liter Fox GTDI engines and B6 manual transmissions, and
  • 2013-2015 Ford Fusion cars have 1.6-liter Sigma GTDI engines and B6 manual transmissions.

Ford says the clutch pressure plates can fracture due to the clutch linings wearing out prematurely. The premature wear and tear can cause the pressure plate material to wear down, allowing a large amount of heat and energy to cause cracks around the outer edges of the plates.

If you drive a Focus, the dealer will update the software to detect and prevent prolonged slipping of the clutch, in addition to checking the clutch and replacing it if needed.

If you own a Fusion, your Ford dealership will replace the clutch assembly.

More information can be found here.

Ford Recalls 1.4 Million Cars for Steering Wheels that Risk Detaching

If you don't want the steering wheel in your Ford Fusion to detach, please keep reading.  

Ford is recalling nearly 1.4 million Fusions and MKZ's with steering wheels that risk detaching.   Ford says it had tied two accidents and one injury to the defect.

Dealers at no cost will replace the steering-wheel bolts on affected vehicles with longer ones featuring more robust thread engagement and a larger nylon patch aimed at preventing the parts from loosening. Roughly 1.3 million of the affected vehicles are in the U.S., with the rest in Canada and Mexico.

The affected models are the Ford Fusion and the Lincoln MKZ, both from model years 2014-2018, namely:

  • 2014-17 Fusions built in Flat Rock, Mich., from Aug. 6, 2013, to Feb. 29, 2016.
  • 2014-18 Fusions and MKZs built in Hermosillo, Mexico, from July 25, 2013, to March 5, 2018.

NHTSA hasn't updated their information with the recall number or the accompanying notices from Ford, but as soon as they do I'll update this page.  

Edit (3/15/2018):  More information can be found here.

Ford and the problematic MyFordTouch System

Consumer Reports has written extensively here  and also here on Ford's problematic MyFordTouch / Sync system.  From irresponsive controls, random shutdowns, rear camera failure, and volume control failure, it's introduction has been such a mess that Ford has issued a warranty extension for the MyFord Touch and Sync system.  A class action was filed a few years ago, but still has not settled.  

Titled "12M02 – Warranty Extension Covering Accessory Protocol Interface Module (APIM) Software And Hardware", it gives consumers an additional two years from the date of original purchase.  Coupled with the original express warranty (3 years or 36,000 miles, whichever comes first), consumers have a total of 5 years of warranty on the MyFord Touch. 

As an example, if you purchased a 2013 Ford Focus on 12/1/2012, then with this warranty extension, the MyFord Touch warranty would lapse on 12/1/2017. 

Not too shabby, but it doeesn't repair some of the inherent problems with the MyFord Touch system.  The following vehicles are included in the warranty extension:

  • 2011-2014 Ford Edge
  • 2011-2014 Ford Explorer
  • 2011-2014 Lincoln MKX
  • 2012-2014 Ford Focus
  • 2013-2014 Ford C-MAX
  • 2013-2014 Ford Escape
  • 2013-2014 Ford F-150
  • 2013-2014 Ford Flex
  • 2013-2014 Ford Fusion
  • 2013-2014 Lincoln MKS
  • 2013-2014 Lincoln MKT
  • 2013-2014 Ford Taurus
  • 2014 Ford Fiesta
  • 2014 Transit Connect

Notice that went out to Ford owners can be found here as well.  

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