Ford Fusion

DETROIT (AP) — Ford is adding 270,000 vehicles to a recall in North America to fix a gearshift problem that could cause them roll away unexpectedly.

The addition covers certain 2013 through 2016 Fusion midsize cars with 2.5-liter engines.

The company is urging drivers to always use the parking brake until repairs are made.

Ford says a bushing that attaches the shifter cable to the transmission can degrade, causing the cable to detach. If that happens, a driver could shift into park but the car could be in another gear.

Ford has one report of an injury and three property damage reports. Engineers are developing a fix.

Last year Ford recalled 550,000 Fusions from 2013 through 2016 and Escape small SUVs from 2013 and 2014 for the same problem with a different cause.

Ford says owners will be notified when repairs and parts are ready, and that owners of cars fixed in the previous recall are not affected.

The 2018 recall covered cars with a number of different engines, including the 2.5-liter.

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gunnygil

this problem with Ford vehicles transmissions is nothing new. way back in the 70's they had the same problem and all the govt. required them to do was send owners an adhesive strip to put on the dash reminding the driver to set the parking brake since the transmission had a penchant for dropping out of park into neutral

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