Federal safety standards require that every new car needs to have the brake depressed in order to shift it out of Park. But the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has found fault in the transmission range sensor on certain examples of the Lincoln MKZ Hybrid, allowing the car to be shifted out of Park without first depressing the brake. The fear is that with this condition, affected vehicles may be unintentionally pulled out of Park, resulting in a possible rollaway. That safety concern has prompted parent Ford Motor Company to issue a recall.

The issue pertains to 7,153 examples of the MKZ Hybrid built between April 26, 2012 and September 24, 2013, covering the 2013 and 2014 model years. As a result, Ford will notify owners to bring their MKZs into their local Lincoln dealer to have the Powertrain Control Module software updated in order to rectify the problem. See the full recall notice below for details.
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RECALL Subject : Transmission can be Shifted out of Park/FMVSS 114
Report Receipt Date: NOV 25, 2013
NHTSA Campaign Number: 13V594000
Component(s): POWER TRAIN
Potential Number of Units Affected: 7,153
Manufacturer: Ford Motor Company

SUMMARY:
Ford Motor Company (Ford) is recalling certain model year 2013-2014 Lincoln MKZ Hybrid vehicles manufactured April 26, 2012, through September 24, 2013. Due to a manufacturing error, the transmission range sensor may not function properly allowing the affected vehicles to be shifted out of the Park position without first applying the brake pedal. Thus, these vehicles fail to conform with the requirements of Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard (FMVSS) No. 114, "Theft Protection."

CONSEQUENCE:
Without requiring the brake to be pressed, the vehicle may be unintentionally shifted out of Park, allowing it to roll which may result in a crash.

REMEDY:
Ford will notify owners, and dealers will update the Powertrain Control Module (PCM) with new software, free of charge. The recall is expected to begin in January 2014. Customers may contact Ford at 1-866-436-7332. Ford's number for this recall is 13C09.

NOTES:
Owners may also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), or go to www.safercar.gov.


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      Andrew
      • 11 Months Ago
      plesae for the love of god kill this brand!
      Teleny411
      • 11 Months Ago
      How can you recall a vehicle when they haven't sold any? :)
      That Guy
      • 11 Months Ago
      Pretty sad. Dodge has a similar system on the Ram......only it uses a classier gear selector (on a pickup!) And it works. Who know that Lincoln and their brand of rebadges should take luxury lessons from a truck company.unreal how incompetent Lincoln is
        john96xlt
        • 11 Months Ago
        @That Guy
        Reading comprehension fail. This is not a problem with the shift selector. Besides, Chrysler is the one to talk about making better shift selectors when they recently recalled almost 700,000 Jeeps for transmission selectors that jump from Park to Drive ON THEIR OWN.
      • 11 Months Ago
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      GFB
      • 11 Months Ago
      Every car has a parking brake which should be relied upon to prevent rollaway. Placing an automatic transmission into "park" or placing a manual transmission into first gear is only the first step. The second step is engaging the parking brake. Turning the steering wheel toward the curb (if there is one) is the third step. If you live in a hilly area or have a steep driveway, you should carry a wheel chock. Americans tend not to approach driving as a skill set that includes procedures for safety and efficiency. This is especially true of drivers of automatic transmission cars. You never hear of rollaway accidents (or unintended acceleration accidents) happening to manual transmission cars. Rollaway accidents and unintended acceleration accidents are due to the incompetence of the driver, not the car manufacturer.
        john96xlt
        • 11 Months Ago
        @GFB
        "You never hear of rollaway accidents ... happening to manual transmission cars." Really? Kid jumps in his mom's Kia, knocks it out of gear and lets down the parking brake, car and kid roll away. Driver did everything right, didn't stop the rollaway. Same kid jumps in his dad's Taurus. Dad's lazy, didn't set his parking brake. No matter, the kid pulls and pulls on the shifter but it won't come out of park without a key in the ignition and turned to "ON", and the brake pedal depressed. Car and kid are safe. Driver did everything wrong (didn't use parking brake), but the rollaway didn't happen.
          john96xlt
          • 11 Months Ago
          @john96xlt
          A rollaway accident happens when a car rolls away, accidently. It doesn't matter what causes it or who's inside and/or involved. What you described does not jive with the recall of the vehicle in this article. If, as you claim, the risk of a roll away accident ONLY happens when a person "parks a car, gets out, locks it and walks away.", then there is no need to recall this Lincoln because it is not possible for the car to roll away in that situation. From the article: "...allowing the car to be shifted out of Park without first depressing the brake." The car cannot be shifted out of park if nobody is inside, so according to your generalization, there is no problem here. I think we'd better call Lincoln and NHTSA and inform them that there is no need to recall this car.
          GFB
          • 11 Months Ago
          @john96xlt
          A rollaway accident happens when a driver parks a car, gets out, locks it and walks away. The driver comes back and the car has rolled away. No kid involved.
        Ford Raptor V8
        • 11 Months Ago
        @GFB
        Americans have better driving skills then any other country.
          Jarda
          • 11 Months Ago
          @Ford Raptor V8
          theheheee
      RyanC
      • 11 Months Ago
      It is a miracle that we the human race are still in existence. Unbelievable that there was a time when people had to tell their cars when to move and when to stay put. .. I'm speaking of manual transmissions with a proper parking break.
        • 11 Months Ago
        @RyanC
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          GFB
          • 11 Months Ago
          Why not? Manual transmission drivers habitually use their "emergency" brake when they park. Automatic transmission drivers do not, relying on the "park" position to keep the car from moving. There is a tendency for automatic transmission drivers to abdicate control of their vehicles to their vehicles.
          • 11 Months Ago
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        RyanC
        • 11 Months Ago
        @RyanC
        Give me a brake! Where is the edit button on this thing!?
      Jesus!
      • 11 Months Ago
      Isn't this old news?
      • 5 Months Ago
      This sucker bought a 2014 Lincoln MKZ pieces of crap. HATE THIS VEHICLE...... safety recall + poor mpg. DO NOT BUY !!!!!!!!!
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