Safety is key when your kids are passengers and if you’ve got a Ford parked in your garage, you’ll want to check if your vehicle matches a new, massive recall. Ford recalled 550,000 vehicles for a roll-away risk. A spokesperson for Ford Motor Company directed consumers to its news release regarding the recall.

American carmaker Ford has just announced a recall of several of its vehicles including some 2013 to 2016 Ford Fusion cars and 2013 to 2014 Ford Escape SUVs. Over 500,000 of the vehicles affected by the recall were sold in the United States. No injuries have been reported in connection with this recall.

Recall Product Description: Ford Fusion Sedans & Ford Escape SUVs

The recalled models include 2013 to 2016 Ford Fusion cars and 2013 to 2014 Ford Escape SUVs. The cars were manufactured in one of three facilities, Flat Rock and Louisville in the United States and at its Hermosillo plant in Mexico. They all have build dates between Jun. 18, 2013 and Aug. 31, 2015.

Why They Were Recalled

An issue with a specific part can cause the shifter cable in the transmission to detach. When this happens the car could be in a different gear than the one the driver thinks it’s in. In other words, the shifter could show that it’s set to Park when it’s actually in Drive. This can cause the car to move unintentionally, even when it’s not turned on.

How to Tell if Your Ford Is Part of the Recall

If you have one of the models included in the recall you should contact your local Ford dealer immediately to confirm if your vehicle is affected.

What Parents Can Do

Contact your Ford dealer to have the defective part replaced. In the meanwhile, Ford is asking drivers to use the parking brake every time the gear is set to Park to prevent it from rolling.

—Shahrzad Warkentin

Featured photo: Mike Mozart via Flickr

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