DETROIT -- Ford Motor Co. today said it is recalling all Lincoln MKCs built through September to resolve one or two issues that can cause the engine to shut off while driving.
One of the recalls, which also covers some 2014 Ford Escape models, relates to a mechanical problem that can cause the fuel pump to seize and the vehicle to either stall or fail to start up. It affects a total of 11,868 Escapes and 337 MKCs built in April and May.
It’s the 13th recall of the Escape since its redesign two years ago.
The other recall, which affects all 13,574 MKCs built through Sept. 9, relates to the design of the push-button starter and gear shifter on the MKC’s center stack.
“Due to the switch’s close proximity to other controls, occupants are inadvertently shutting off the engine while driving,” Ford said in a statement.
Airbags and other safety systems may not work in a crash after the ignition is shut off, a risk demonstrated by General Motors’ recalls of the Chevrolet Cobalt and other cars with faulty ignition switches, though the Cobalt used a key instead of a button.
Dealers will replace the vehicles’ gear shift module with a new design that has the start button in a different location and reprogram the powertrain control module.
A Ford spokeswoman said the MKC has been built with a different gear shifter since September but that the change was not related to accidental shutoffs. It was redesigned to match the rest of Lincoln’s lineup, she said.
Letters will be sent to customers in February, and repair parts, including new fuel-delivery modules for the fuel pump recall, will be available immediately. Ford said it doesn’t know of any injuries or crashes related to either recall.