Ford is in the midst of some serious recall drama with cars that either won't stop or stop when they shouldn't. To start, the carmaker is recalling over 2.9 million vehicles because they might not shift into the correct gear, causing the vehicle to roll away. The affected cars include: 2013 to 2019 Escape, 2013 to 2018 C-Max, 2013 to 2016 Fusion, 2013 to 2021 Transit Connect, and 2015 to 2018 Edge vehicles.
So far there are six reports of property damage and four reports of injuries. Ford also has 1,630 warranty reports and 233 complaints about the issue.
According to the National Highway Safety Administration, the problem stems from a bushing that attaches the shifter cable to the transmission degrading or detaching. This may stop the car from shifting properly, and a car that's assumed to be in park may actually be in gear. Dealers will replace the bushing and add a protective cap to deal with the problem.
That's not Ford's only woe. The company is issuing a recall for 48,924 Mustang Mach-E crossovers because of the risk of sudden power loss. Additionally, dealers have been instructed to temporarily stop selling the car. The involved vehicles were built between May 27, 2020, and May 24, 2022.
The concern is that the EV's battery main contactors can overheat, causing the car to immediately lose power while in motion. The issue can apparently be fixed remotely with a software update, although customers can also take their car in to a dealer should they choose.