Ford Motor Company is recalling roughly 7,300 units of the 2013 and 2014 model year Lincoln MKZ Hybrid over a problem related to the transmission that could allow the vehicle to roll after being shifted into park. The recall comes on the heels of yesterday’s recall for 2013 model year Ford Escapes.
The problem: a problem with one of the transmission sensors, which could provide inaccurate data to the MKZ’s powertrain, thereby making the car think it’s in neutral, when in fact it’s in park. As a result, a driver would be able to shift the MKZ into gear without depressing the brake, violating a federal regulation that requires the brake pedal to be engaged when shifting into gear to prevent unintentional movement backward or forward.
Affected vehicles: 2013 and 2014 model year MKZ Hybrid sedans manufactured between April 26, 2012 and September 24, 2013.
Number of vehicles potentially affected: roughly 7,300, of which 7,100 are registered in the United States and the other 170 are registered in Canada.
The fix: Ford/Lincoln have yet to indicate when it will send notices to customers informing them of the recall. When it does, owners will be instructed to take their MKZ Hybrid to a Lincoln dealer, where the vehicle’s powertrain control module will be reprogrammed free of charge.
Contacts: Lincoln customer service can be reached by calling 800-521-4140.