Another day, another round of cars that might roll away even if they appear to be in the “park” position. This time Ford is recalling more than 83,000 vehicles because a faulty part could cause them to lose power to roll away.
The latest recall affects nearly 83,250 model year 2012 to 2014 Edges and Lincoln MKX, model year 2013-2014 Flex and Lincoln MKT, and model year 2013-2014 Taurus and Lincoln MKS.
According to a notice [PDF] from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, the recall was initiated because an improperly installed clip in the axle – the halfshaft – can disengage from the linkshaft. If that occurs the power won’t be transmitted to the wheels, in turn, making the car stop and increasing the risk of a crash.
Additionally, if the parking brake isn’t engaged before exiting, the vehicle may roll away despite being placed in the “park” position.
Ford will notify owners and dealers of the issue starting at the end of the month. The vehicles will be inspected and if the issue is present, the linkshaft and halfshaft will be replaced.