Ford Motor Co. recalls 2.9 million vehicles, including Escape and Fusion, due to a problem that could cause a car to roll even after the driver puts it in the park.
The recall affects certain Escape from 2013 to 2019; C-Max from 2013 to 2018; Merger from 2013 to 2016; Transit Connect from 2013 to 2021; and Edge from 2015-2018, according to safety regulators.
The problem involves a bushing that attaches the gearbox to the gearbox, which can be degraded or loosened, according to a recall report issued by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
It can prevent the vehicles from shifting into the right gear, which can cause them to move in an unexpected direction, the warning states.
“In addition, the vehicle may roll after the driver selects the ̵[ads1]6;Park’ position,” it states. Both scenarios can cause a crash, it says.
Documents filed with the NHTSA say Ford is aware of four reports alleging damage and six reports of property damage that may be linked to the problem.
Of the more than 2.9 million vehicles potentially affected, Escape accounts for the largest share with about 1.7 million, according to the documents. The second largest is the Edge with around 509,400.
Ford plans to replace the bushing and add a protective cap for free, the documents say. The company intends to send a letter starting June 27, and it is a toll-free number people can call, the notice states.