Ford Motor Company is recalling 65,000 Fusion sedans in the United States, Canada, and Mexico because of an ignition switch issue.
The recall was issued after it was discovered that the vehicle's key can be removed from the ignition switch 30 minutes after the car is turned off when the car is left in gear. This increases the risk of the car inadvertently rolling away and violates safety regulations, reports New York's WNBC-TV.
What do Fusion owners need to know about this latest auto recall?
Includes 2014, 2015 Model Years
The recall includes Ford Fusion sedans from the 2014 and 2015 model years. Owners of Ford Fusion vehicles can determine if their vehicle is included in the recall by entering their vehicle's VIN at Ford's online recall search tool.
When an automobile defect prompts a safety recall, automakers are typically responsible for providing consumers a recall remedy at no cost. In this recall, owners of affected Fusion models can have the car's instrument cluster reprogrammed by a dealer at no cost.
No Injuries Reported
No injuries have been reported in connection with the Ford Fusion ignition switch defect, reports WNBC-TV. Last month, Ford recalled 850,000 vehicles for an electrical glitch affecting airbag deployment, including some Fusion models. No injuries were reported in connection with that recall, either.
However, Ford is among the automakers involved in the ongoing Takata airbag recall, which has so far been linked to at least four deaths. In that recall, airbag inflator mechanisms may explode when the airbag is deployed, causing metal shards to fly into the vehicle's passenger compartment.
The airbags, manufactured by Japan's Takata Corporation, were installed in vehicles made by Ford, GM, Toyota, Honda, and BMW, among other automakers. Consumers can determine whether their vehicle is in need of recall repairs under these, or any other recall issued in the last 15 years, by searching the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration's online database using their vehicle's VIN.
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