Ford Motor Company has announced a recall of 500,000-plus automobiles due to problems that could cause the uncontrolled movement of the vehicles. The esteemed automaker announced the recall approximately two weeks ago, after it became apparent that its 2013 to 2016 model Fusions and 2013 to 2014 model Escapes are dangerously prone moving in certain circumstances while they are parked.
According to Ford, a faulty bushing that connects the shift cables to the transmissions in affected vehicles is liable to detach. This can lead to a transmission suddenly moving its gear position. In such situations, a driver might put his or her car in the park position, but the car will not actually be in park and the driver will never know it. This, in turn, might result in the unintentional movement of the vehicle. The vehicle might, for example, roll down a hill and hit other cars, pedestrians or bicyclists causing a serious or fatal accident to occur.
Ford has announced that it will replace affected shifter cables free of charge as a part of the recall. Until drivers of affected vehicles can get their Ford Escapes and Ford Fusions repaired, the automaker has asked drivers to utilize their parking brakes rather than simply relying on putting their cars in park. The park position could be deceptive in some cases, as the cars may be vulnerable to rolling out of control.
A total of 549,401 Ford cars have been recalled in North America as a result of this recall. If you or your loved one was hurt by a Ford vehicle that rolled away, you might want to determine if a viable claim for financial damages can be made.