Ford has issued a vehicle safety recall covering nearly 65,000 model year 2014-2015 Fusion midsize vehicles in North America due to the issue with ignition keys, which can be removed once the transmission isn`t in park.
55,000 vehicles are recalled in the U.S., 6,000 – in Canada and about 2,350 – in Mexico, according to the Associated Press.
The automaker traced the problem to a computer program in the instrument cluster. The issue is the key that can be removed from the ignition half an hour after the ignition is turned off, even if the vehicle is not on park. This violates the U.S. safety regulations increasing the risk of cars rolling away unintentionally.
Certain 2014-2015 Ford Fusions do not compile with regulation related to preventing unintentional roll-away and protecting against theft.
The automaker is not aware of any injuries, accidents or fatalities due to the issue. Ford authorized dealers are instructed to address the issue by reprogramming the cars` instrument cluster free of charge.
Ford is among automakers facing recalls soar in 2014. This year the car-maker has issued 36 recalls in the U.S. covering nearly 4.3 million vehicles. In comparison, in 2013 Ford has called back approximately 1.2 million vehicles in 16 separate recall campaigns. Last Friday Ford Motor Co. has issued another recall to cover more 2004-2005 Ranger small pickup trucks because they have the same inflators as a Honda vehicle involved in a fatal car crash that caused a woman`s death in July.
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