Ford Motor Company is recalling roughly 65,000 Fusion, Fusion Hybrid, and Fusion Energi sedans from the 2014 and 2015 model years. According to a statement from the automaker, the recall is meant to fix a software problem that could allow vehicles to roll away under certain conditions.
The glitch resides in the software found on the sedan's instrument cluster. The flaw allows the Fusion's key to be removed from the ignition switch 30 minutes after the vehicle has been shut off, whether or not the transmission is in park. If the emergency brake isn't engaged and the vehicle is on an incline, this can allow the Fusion to roll away.
The recall affects 56,479 vehicles registered in the U.S., 6,048 registered in Canada, and 2,342 registered in Mexico. Specifically, Ford says that the recall includes:
"certain 2014-2015 Fusion vehicles built at Flat Rock Assembly Plant, Sept. 4, 2013 to Oct. 31, 2014; certain 2014-2015 Fusion vehicles built at Hermosillo Assembly Plant, July 27, 2013 to Oct. 31, 2014; certain 2015 Fusion Energi vehicles built at Hermosillo Assembly Plant, July 14, 2014 to Oct. 31, 2014; and certain 2015 Fusion Hybrid vehicles built at Hermosillo Assembly Plant, Feb. 24, 2014 to Oct. 31, 2014."
Ford says that it knows of no accidents or injuries related to the problem. The fix involves reprogramming the software on the instrument cluster, which will be carried out at no cost to owners.
If you believe that you own one of the Fusion models affected by this recall, you're encouraged to contact Ford customer service at 800-392-3673.