Ford is recalling 7,100 2013-2014 Lincoln MKZ Hybrid sedans in the United States. The reason for the recall is a glitch in the software that can cause a rollaway accident. Another 170 MKZ Hybrids are also being recalled in Mexico.
The software fault can allow the vehicle's automatic transmission to be shifted out of park without the driver pressing the brake. This obviously increases 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.
The problem will be solved with some reprogramming of the vehicles' powertrain control module.
Thankfully, no injuries have been linked to the recall as of yet.