Ford Motor Co. is recalling more than 200,000 units of its small Transit Connect cargo van to fix a problem with the transmission.
The recall includes Transit Connects from the 2013 through 2021 model years in the U.S. and Canada. It is for vehicles equipped with a 2.5-liter engine and the 6F35 six-speed automatic transmission.
The van is a popular commercial vehicle and is often used as the base for camper conversions.
In affected vehicles, the bushing that attaches the shifter cable to the transmission may degrade or detach. A damaged or missing bushing could prevent the shifter from moving the transmission to the intended gear position. This could allow the driver to move the gear shift lever to park, turn the vehicle off, and exit the vehicle with no instrument panel warning message or warning chime indicating the vehicle is not secured in park.
Ford said is not aware of any reports of accidents or injuries caused by the problem.
Dealers will fix the issue by replacing the under-hood shifter bushing and add a protective cap over the shifter cable bushing. Customer notifications will begin the week of June 28.