It’s not a good thing when you can’t get your car engine to shut off, but that’s what is happening with some Ford vehicles. The automaker is recalling approximately 433,000 2015 Focus, C-MAX and Escape vehicles to fix that very issue. Basically, a defect with the body control module can lead to engines staying on after the ignition key is turned to the “off” position and removed. Ford says customers can get body control module software replaced at dealers for no cost.
Ford Motor Company is issuing a safety compliance recall for approximately 433,000 vehicles in North America, including certain 2015 Focus, C-MAX and Escape vehicles, for an issue with the body control module. In these vehicles, it could be possible for the engine to continue to run after turning the ignition key to the “off” position and removing the key, or after pressing the Engine Start/Stop button. This is a compliance issue with FMVSS 114 regarding theft protection and rollaway prevention.
Ford is not aware of any accidents or injuries associated with this issue.
Affected vehicles include certain 2015 Focus vehicles built at Michigan Assembly Plant from June 17, 2014, through June 12, 2015; certain 2015 C-MAX vehicles built at Michigan Assembly Plant from April 22, 2014, through June 12, 2015; and certain 2015 Escape vehicles built at Louisville Assembly Plant from April 1, 2014, through June 12, 2015.
There are 432,096 vehicles in North America, including 374,781 in the United States and federalized territories, 52,180 in Canada and 5,135 in Mexico.