Lincoln has issued a recall on certain versions of its MKZ Hybrid due to a fault with the cars’ transmissions. The recall affects MKZ Hybrids from the 2013 and 2014 model years, but only those examples built from April 26, 2012 through September 24, 2013. There are said to be 7,153 affected cars in the U.S.
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According to Lincoln, the transmission on the MKZ Hybrid is designed in such a way that it is impossible to shift out of the Park position without the brake pedal being depressed. On the affected cars, a manufacturing error allows the transmission to shift out of the Park position regardless of whether or not the brake pedal is depressed.
Without requiring the brake to be pressed, the affected cars may be unintentionally shifted out of Park, allowing them to roll which may result in a crash. Thus, these cars fail to conform with the requirements of Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard (FMVSS) No. 114, which falls under the Theft Protection category.
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Lincoln is in the process of notifying owners of the affected cars. The solution requires dealers to update the Powertrain Control Module (PCM) with new software, a service that will be free of charge.
For further information you can contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration at 1-888-327-4236 (reference recall number 13V594000) or Lincoln at 1-866-436-7332.