Ford Motor Company is recalling 504,182 model year 2013-2014 Ford Escapes and model year 2013-2016 Ford Fusions equipped with six-speed automatic transmissions.
The bushing that attaches the transmission shifter cable to the transmission may degrade over time and cause the bushing to detach from the transmission.
The condition could allow the driver to move the shift lever to Park and remove the ignition key, while the transmission may not be in Park, with no warning message or audible chime.
If the vehicle is exited without the transmission being in Park and without the parking brake applied it may move unexpectedly, increasing the risk of a crash.
Owners should use the parking brake until the recall remedy repairs can be made.
What to do
Ford will notify owners, and dealers will replace the shifter cable bushing, free of charge.
The recall is expected to begin July 30, 2018.
Owners may contact Ford customer service at 1-866-436-7332. Ford's number for this recall is 18S20.