Approximately 5,200 model-year 2017 Ford Edge SUVs manufactured between April 25 and June 20, 2017, at the automaker's Oakville Assembly Plant in Ontario, Canada; model-year 2017 Fusion sedans manufactured between May 4 and June 15, 2017, at the Hermosillo Stamping and Assembly Plant in Mexico; and model-year 2017 Lincoln MKZ luxury sedans manufactured between May 4 and June 19, 2017, also at the Hermosillo plant. All affected vehicles are equipped with a 2.0-liter gas Used Engine and 6F35 transmission
The Problem: Torque converters may have inadequately welded studs; if these studs detach, the torque converter will lose coupling to the Used Engine flex plate. This can result in a loss of power without warning while driving, increasing the risk of a crash.
Ford noted that the power steering, power brakes, electrical function and vehicle restraint systems, as well as the transmission's Park function, are not affected by this condition. The automaker also said it is not aware of any related accidents or injuries.
The Fix: Dealers will replace the torque converters for free.
What Owners Should Do: Ford did not immediately announce an owner-notification schedule. Owners can call the automaker at 866-436-7332 or visit www.safercar.gov to check their vehicle identification number and learn more.
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