Ford is recalling 7,100 2013-2014 Lincoln MKZ Hybrid sedans in the United States for a software glitch that could result in a rollaway accident. The recall covers another 170 MKZ Hybrids in Mexico.
According to Ford, those MKZ Hybrids covered by the recall may have a software fault that can allow the vehicle's automatic transmission to be shifted out of park without the driver pressing the brake. Ford warns that the defect could increase the likelihood of a rollaway accident.
"The vehicles may have been built with transmission range sensors that do not function properly due to a manufacturing error. As a result of this error, the powertrain control module may incorrectly assume the vehicle is in neutral and allow the transmission to shift out of park without the brake pedal applied, increasing the risk of unintended vehicle movement due to an inadvertent shift out of park," Ford said.
No crashes of injuries have been linked to the recall.
Ford will remedy the problem by reprogram the vehicles' powertrain control module.