Ford recalls 2.9 million vehicles over a flaw in securing the gear shift in park.

Ford Motor has recalled 2.9 million autos due to a possible defect that might allow them to maneuver even when the gear shift appears to be within the park place.

The recalled models embody 1.7 million Ford Escape sport utility autos from the 2013 to 2019 mannequin years. The opposite fashions are the 2015-18 Edge S.U.V., the 2013-16 Fusion sedan, the 2013-18 C-Max compact van and the 2013-21 Transit Join van.

The autos might have lacking or broken bearings that might stop them from shifting into gear correctly and permit them to maneuver even when the shifter signifies they’re in park. The Nationwide Freeway Site visitors Security Administration stated about 1 % of the autos coated by the recall might have the defect. Ford informed NHTSA that it was conscious of six reviews of property injury and 4 reviews of accidents doubtlessly associated to the problem.

An analogous danger affected Jeeps and a number of other different fashions made by Fiat Chrysler a number of years in the past. They had been outfitted with an digital shifter that at occasions left drivers pondering they’d shifted into park when the autos had been nonetheless in impartial or drive. A Hollywood actor, Anton Yelchin, was killed when he stepped out of his Grand Cherokee and the car rolled down a driveway, pinning him to a brick publish.

Individually this week, Ford additionally recalled 49,000 Mustang Mach-E electrical S.U.V.s to repair an issue that might trigger battery connectors to overheat if the autos are being charged quickly or pushed at excessive speeds. The corporate stated it could ship an over-the-air software program replace to appropriate the problem. It additionally informed sellers to cease delivering autos to clients till the software program replace had been made.

Ford stated it anticipated the replace to be distributed by the start of July. The defect was found by analyzing diagnostic knowledge that Mach-E S.U.V.s transmit to Ford. No fires have resulted from the problem, Ford stated.

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