Faulty transmission forces campaign, though Asia-Pacific region is safe.
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Ford has issued a recall for approximately 550,000 Escapes and Fusions in North America this week, over concerns about automatic transmissions that may not shift into the selected gear.

The Blue Oval reports the bushing connecting the shifter cable to the transmission may detach, allowing the transmission to be in a "gear state different than the gear shift position selected by the driver".

For example, the vehicle may be shifted into 'Park' and the key removed from the vehicle, but the transmission may not be in park, with no warning message or audible chime provided to the driver.

If the condition occurs and the parking brake isn't applied, the vehicle could move unexpectedly, increasing the risk of an injury or collision.

The recall affects Escape SUVs (top) from the 2013-14 model years, along with Fusion sedans (below) from the 2013-16 model years. A total of 549,401 units are affected in North America, including 504,182 in the US, 36,887 in Canada, and 8332 in Mexico.

Australia

Speaking with CarAdvice, Ford's local division confirmed that the Asia-Pacific region is unaffected by the transmission recall issued in North America.

Our equivalent to the Fusion (Mondeo) and locally-delivered Escapes are sourced from Spain, whereas North American models come from Flat Rock, Michigan and Hermosillo, Mexico plants.