When you put your car in park, you feel safe that it's not going to move. Unfortunately, that's not always the case with some Ford vehicles. The automaker has recalled over 504,000 of its Fusion sedans and Escape SUVs with model years from 2013 to 2016.
The issue is a faulty shifter cable bushing. Many people have never have heard of this part. However, the bushing, according to Ford, "attaches the shifter cable to the transmission." If the bushing becomes degraded and doesn't work properly, Ford states that it can "detach from the transmission" and "may allow the transmission to be in a gear state different than the gear shift position selected by the driver." In other words, the shift lever may be at park, but the vehicle really isn't in park and can roll away.
The vehicles impacted by the recall include Escape SUVs with model years 2013 and 2014 and Fusions with model years from 2014 through 2016. Consumers can determine for certain whether their Ford is one of those included in the recall by going to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) website and, on the page titled "Safety Issues & Recalls," entering their vehicle identification number (VIN). This page lets consumers check on any recalls that may apply to their vehicles.
Ford instructed customers to take their vehicles to their local Ford dealerships to have the bushing replaced free of charge. Until the consumers are able to do that, they should use the parking brake whenever they put their Escape or Fusion in park.
If you're involved in a crash that was caused by a defective vehicle or if the injuries you suffered in a crash were more severe because the vehicle did not perform as it should have, it's essential to learn about your legal options. You have the right to seek compensation to help pay for medical bills, lost wages and other damages like pain and suffering.