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Lincoln issues transmission sensor recall for MKZ sedans

Iowa residents may be aware of a recent recall of 2013 - 14 Lincoln MKZ Hybrid sedans. At this time, Ford has recalled a total of 7,153 vehicles for trouble associated with the transmission's range sensor. The cars may shift into gear without releasing the brake, which can potentially cause serious car accidents.

The recall affects vehicles assembled between April 2012 and September 2013. Ford will be notifying owners whose vehicles fit the parameters so that they can get the vehicles in for repair. The Lincoln MKZ Hybrid uses a push button shifter located on the dashboard that can be shifted into drive without pressing the brake pedal in affected models. This can be very dangerous and could result in serious accidents.

Ford will correct the defect by updating the software in the powertrain control module at no charge to vehicle owners. While the fix is simple, the results of missing such a serious defect can be catastrophic. Drivers may find themselves involved in an accident because of this defect, and the injuries that result may have lasting effects. Even minor injuries can require several doctors' visits to treat, and the expenses can quickly add up.

While car accidents are rarely simple, they may become more complex when a manufacturing defect is the cause. As in the case of the Lincoln MKZ Hybrid, a car might quickly become unsafe due to a simple programming issue. When a person has suffered injuries from such an accident, they might find that they need assistance in collecting compensation, lost wages or medical expenses. An attorney may be able to offer assistance with researching and filing a complaint, as well as negotiating with manufacturers, insurance companies and other interested parties.

Source: Green Car Reports, "2013-2014 Lincoln MKZ Hybrid Recall: Transmission Sensor Issue", John Voelcker, January 01, 2014

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