Ford Issues Recall For Ignition Switch
C-Max, Focus, and Escape Models Affected
Ford is issuing a safety recall on approximately 433,000 vehicles for a problem with the body control module software, which may not shut off the engine even after the key is removed, or the stop/start button is depressed. Models affected by this recall include 2015 C-Max, Focus, and Escape models built between June 17, 2014 and June 12, 2015. Of the models affected, 374,781 are in the United States, 52,180 are in Canada, and 5,135 are in in Mexico.
Ford is likely especially proactive on this issue after the death of an elderly couple in the Chicago area credited to carbon monoxide poisoning from a Lincoln MKS left running in an enclosed garage. The couple was not aware the vehicle was left running for several hours, and when the garage entry door was finally open, they were overcome with the toxic gas fumes. It is not believed the accidental death was due to any mechanical or functional defect on the vehicle—just simply not remembering to shut off the ignition after they got out of the vehicle. The MKS is equipped with a pushbutton ignition.
Affected owners can go to owner.ford.com and enter their vehicles’ VIN number to see if it is affected. Dealers will update the body control module software on affected models at no charge.