Ford recalls 550K vehicles that can roll away unexpectedly

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TROY, MI - NOVEMBER 3: A Ford Motor Company sign stands at a Ford dealership November 3, 2008 in Troy, Michigan. Ford reported its October sales were down thirty percent from the same month last year, and General Motors reported a forty-five percent decline for October. (Photo by Bill Pugliano/Getty Images)

DETROIT — Ford is recalling about 550,000 cars and SUVs in North America to fix a gearshift problem that could cause the vehicles to roll away unexpectedly.

The recall covers certain 2013 through 2016 Fusion sedans and some 2013 and 2014 Escape small SUVs.

Ford says a bushing that attaches the shifter cable to the transmission can fall off. If this happens, the driver could shift into park but the vehicle could be in another gear. That could let the vehicle roll, increasing the risk of injury or crash.

The company says it doesn’t know of any crashes or injuries. Ford is advising owners to use the parking brake.

Dealers will replace the shifter bushing at no cost. Owners will be notified by July 30. Parts should be available late this quarter.

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