The Ford Escape is ending the month of April much the same way it began: with a recall. In Ford’s latest sizable safety missive, around 96,000 model-year 2015 Escapes are being recalled for a potential rollaway risk.
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The affected 2015 Escapes, all equipped with 2.0-liter engines, feature a bushing that attaches the shifter cable to the transmission liable to degrade or detach. A damaged or missing bushing may prevent the compact SUV from shifting into the intended gear and cause the vehicle to move in an unexpected direction. Additionally, the vehicle may roll after the driver selects Park. Either scenario increases the risk of a crash or injury.
As a remedy, dealers will replace the under-hood shifter bushing and add a protective cap over the shift-cable bushing for free. Ford will begin notifying owners May 9, but those with further questions can call the automaker at 866-436-7332 (Ford’s number for this recall is 22S25), the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s vehicle-safety hotline at 888-327-4236, or visit its website to check your vehicle identification number and learn more.
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