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New Ford Transmission Shift Cable Bushing Lawsuit Filed

A few recalls centered around faulty Ford transmission shift cable bushings have been issued over the past few years, including separate ones for the 2013-2016 Ford Fusion and 2013-2021 Ford Transit Connect. In affected vehicles, the bushing that attaches the shifter cable to the transmission may degrade or detach, which could prevent the shifter from moving the transmission to the intended gear position. This could allow the driver to move the gear shift lever to park, turn the vehicle off, and exit the vehicle with no instrument panel warning message or warning chime indicating the vehicle is not secured in park.

Ford has instructed dealers to replace these faulty bushings and add a protective cap over the shifter cable bushing, but a lawsuit filed earlier this month claims that those fixes are inadequate. Now, a new Ford transmission shift cable bushing lawsuit has been filed – this time in Canada – that alleges the exact same thing, according to Car Complaints.

The lawsuit – Rani Shanti Modhgill v. Ford Motor Company, et al – covers a handful of Blue Oval models including the 2013-2019 Ford Escape, 2013-2016 Ford C-Max, 2013-2016 Ford Fusion, 2013-2021 Ford Transit Connect, and 2015-2018 Ford Edge. It pertains specifically to the Hilex (Hytrel 4556) shift cable bushing that reportedly led to 1,630 warranty claims being filed as of March 31st, 2022.

The lawsuit alleges that Ford has known about this particular problem since 2015, but failed to issue a recall for all of the vehicles that are equipped with this defective part. To date, the automaker has recalled over three million affected vehicles in the U.S. and Canada, including the one owned by plaintiff in this particular case – a 2017 Ford Escape. The plaintiff hasn’t experienced any sort of problem with her shift cable bushing, but alleges that FoMoCo’s recall won’t sufficiently fix it in the event that it does.

We’ll have more on this and all pending Ford lawsuits soon, so be sure and subscribe to Ford Authority for more Ford lawsuit news and ongoing Ford news coverage.

Brett's lost track of all the Fords he's owned over the years and how much he's spent modifying them, but his current money pits include an S550 Mustang and 13th gen F-150.

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  1. Mick1

    My dealer gave me free 3 months Sirius after having the fix. STFU

  2. Mrx19

    Just another issue for the tort lawyers to enrich themselves.

    1. Bob

      And possibly save Lives….

  3. Nancy Bialkowski

    I had a problem even after bringing in my Ford Escape for this recall repair. My car wouldn’t switch gears. I called the Ford Repair Dealership (Woodbridge Ford). After trying what they suggested. I decided to tow it in. The AAA tow truck person knew about this problem and fixed it. I am upset with Woodbridge Ford Dealership.

  4. William Barnes

    I own a 2019 Ford F350 XLT and this has happened to me in November 2022. The shifter cable came off the transmission and I was stuck in reverse. It took me 2 HRS to figure out the problem on the road.


  5. Douglas Lee

    Piece of cake happened to me. One day parked on side of road talking to a friend. Went to take off car won’t start, because it’s still in drive. Bet the shifter is in park?? Put the E brake on pop the hood think about it no other issues before stuff just doesn’t brake like that. Get a stick or what ever wedge it from the seat and push the brake pedal look under hood see right in front of you the transmission wow there is the shifting gizo with the cable unhooked move the shift arm to park start the car go back to the the shift arm move until you find drive first notch after neutral close the hood ebrake is on move stick holding brakes on your good to go. Drive to Napa or Ford stores and purchase new connector for under 20 dollars takes 5 minutes to install wala all fixed. Don’t forget to ask the attorney with all his education if he could have done this??


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