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Ford adds 270,000 cars to recall for unintended rollaways

Posted: 3:54 AM, May 16, 2019
Updated: 2019-05-16 12:48:53Z
2016 Ford Fusion Sedan

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.

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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.

Owners of affected vehicles will be notified when a remedy is available. Dealers will repair the cars for free.

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.