WASHINGTON — Ford Motor Co. is recalling more than 3.3 million vehicles in North America, including 394,000 in Canada, that could roll away because a damaged or missing part may prevent the vehicle from shifting into the intended gear.
In a filing with the U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), Ford said Wednesday the recall covers various 2013-2019 Escape, 2013-2018 C-Max, 2013-2016 Fusion, 2013-2021 Transit Connect and 2015-2018 Edge vehicles, the agency said in a notice on Wednesday.
The recall includes just over 2.9 million U.S. vehicles and 394,000 in Canada.
A damaged or missing shift cable bushing may prevent the vehicle from shifting into the intended gear, or the vehicle may roll after the driver selects the 'Park' position.
Ford said it was aware of six reports alleging property damage and four reports of injuries potentially related to the recalled vehicles.
This is Ford's fifth recall over the issue since 2018, it told the agency. Ford previously recalled about 1.4 million vehicles worldwide in an earlier shift cable part recalls.
Ford declined to say how many vehicles worldwide were part of the latest recall.
After an April recall in the United States linked to the same issue, Ford continued to hold talks with NHTSA over field reports related to vehicles that were not included in previous recalls.
"Although claim rates and projected failures remained low, Ford recommended a safety recall for the remaining vehicles in North America" with the specific shift cable bushing.
Ford said from April 2015 through March 2022, it had identified 1,630 warranty reports and 233 other reports attributed to this concern.
To address the issue, dealers will replace the under-hood shift bushing and add a protective cap. The new parts will be manufactured from a different grade material.