Ford Motor Co. is recalling 5,183 2017-model year Ford Edge, Fusion and Lincoln MKZ vehicles in the U.S. because they’re at risk for a sudden loss of motive power while driving, the automaker said.
The recalled vehicles are each equipped with a 2.0-liter gas engine and 6F35 transmission that may have torque converters with inadequately welded studs, Ford said.
“In the affected vehicles, if the welded studs detach, the torque converter will lose coupling to the engine flexplate,” the company explained in a released statement about the recall. “This can result in loss of motive power without warning while driving, which may increase the risk of a crash.”
The power steering, power brakes, electrical function and vehicle restraint systems, however, will continue to operate. Moreover, the transmission park function will not be affected.
Ford noted it isn’t aware of any accidents or injuries tied to the issue.
To fix the problem, Ford dealers will replace the torque converters. There will be no charge for this service.
In addition to the cars in the U.S., Ford is also recalling 32 vehicles in federalized territories as well as 687 in Canada and 12 in Mexico for the same problem. The Ford reference number for this recall is 17S16.