Hot on the heels of yesterday's twin recalls of the 2013 Ford Escape, Ford Motor Company has issued a new recall for 2013 and 2014 models of the Lincoln MKZ Hybrid. According to Detroit News, the sedan suffers from a problem with its transmission, which could allow the vehicle to roll after being shifted into gear.
Specifically, the recall stems from a problem with one of the MKZ's transmission sensors. That sensor may provide inaccurate information to the vehicle's powertrain, essentially making the car think that the vehicle is in neutral, when in fact it's in park.
As a result, a driver might be able to shift the MKZ into gear without pressing the brake. That violates a federal regulation that requires the break to be engaged when shifting into gear to prevent unintentional movement backwards or forwards.
The MKZ Hybrid recall affects 2013 and 2014 model-year vehicles manufactured between April 26, 2012 and September 24, 2013. All told, that's about 7300 sedans — 7,100 registered in the United States and another 170 registered in Canada.
Ford hasn't indicated when it will send out official notice of the recall, but when it does, owners will be able to take their MKZ Hybrid to a Lincoln dealer, who will reprogram the powertrain control module — presumably free of charge.
If you have questions in the meantime, we suggest you call Lincoln customer service at 800-521-4140.