Ford Motor Co. is recalling more than 200,000 units of its Transit Connect small van to resolve a transmission problem.
The recall includes Transit Connects from model years 2013 to 2021 in the United States and Canada. It is intended for vehicles equipped with a 2.5-liter engine and the 6F35 six-speed automatic transmission.
The van is a popular utility vehicle and is often used as the basis for motorhome conversions.
In affected vehicles, the ring that connects the gear lever cable to the transmission may deteriorate or come off. A damaged or missing bushing could prevent the shift lever from moving the transmission to the intended gear position. This could allow the driver to move the gearshift lever to park, turn off the vehicle, and exit the vehicle without a warning message on the instrument panel or a warning chime indicating that the vehicle is not immobilized when parked.
Ford said he was not aware of any reports of accidents or injuries related to the condition.
Dealers will replace the shifter bushing under the hood and add a protective cap to the shifter cable bushing. Customer notifications will begin the week of June 28.