Ford has announced another recall this week, in addition to the Escape recalls. The 2013-2014 Lincoln MKZ Hybrid midsize premium sedan is being recalled for a transmission issue. In all, 7,329 vehicles that were produced from April 26, 2012 to September 24, 2013 will be affected.
The transmission issue has to do with the ability of being able to shift out of Park, without depressing the brake pedal. This is in violation of the federal safety code, which was designed to prevent vehicles from accidentally shifting out of Park, and into Neutral or Drive. It have been determined that a manufacturing error is the cause. More specifically, the range sensors may assume that the vehicle is in Neutral, while actually be in Park. This is the reason why the driver (or any of the other passengers in the vehicle) are able to shift without depressing the brake pedal. As a result, this could increase the risk of the vehicle being involved in an accident. The Toyota Sienna was also recalled for a similar issue as well.
Thus far, no accidents or injuries as a result of this defect have been reported.
The latest Ford recall will have the technicians inspect and reprogram the range sensors on the affected vehicles at no charge. For more information, or to schedule a service appointment, owners can contact their local Ford-Lincoln dealership. The recall is expected to begin right away.
Source: Chicago Tribune