The Vehicle Could Roll Unexpecdly
Drive Train, November 25, 2013
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Our Quick Take:
It may be possible to move the shifter out of the park position without first depressing the brake pedal.
What Should You Do?
Ford will notify owners beginning in January 2014. If you don't receive notification and you feel you should, please contact your dealer for further instruction. They may ask for your vehicle identification number (VIN), so please have it handy when you call. The Ford recall number is 13C09.
All late model vehicles with an automatic transmission have been designed so the shifter cannot be moved out of the park position unless the brake pedal is depressed. Certain MKZ vehicles are being recalled because the transmission range sensor may not function correctly, allowing the transmission to be shifted out of park without fist applying the brake pedal. This could cause the vehicle to roll unexpectedly, increasing the risk of a crash. Dealers will update the Powertrain Control Module (PCM) software to correct this concern.
Mfr's Report Date:
November 25, 2013
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Ford Motor Company (Ford) is recalling certain model year 2013-2014 Lincoln MKZ Hybrid vehicles manufactured April 26, 2012, through September 24, 2013. Due to a manufacturing error, the transmission range sensor may not function properly allowing the affected vehicles to be shifted out of the Park position without first applying the brake pedal. Thus, these vehicles fail to conform with the requirements of Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard (FMVSS) No. 114, "Theft Protection."
Without requiring the brake to be pressed, the vehicle may be unintentionally shifted out of Park, allowing it to roll which may result in a crash.
Ford will notify owners, and dealers will update the Powertrain Control Module (PCM) with new software, free of charge. The recall is expected to begin in January 2014. Customers may contact Ford at 1-866-436-7332. Ford's number for this recall is 13C09.
Owners may also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), or go to www.safercar.gov.
Recall data provided by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration