Ford Recalls Lincoln MKC SUVs Twice in One Day

Jan 07, 2015 03:30 PM EST | Matt Mercuro

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Ford is recalling 13,500 2015 Lincoln MKC sport-utility vehicles over reports that drivers are accidentally turning the vehicle off.

Ford designed the latest MKC with buttons to put the car in different gears, instead of using traditional gear shifts. Drivers who are reaching for the "S" button to put the vehicle in "Sport Mode" are hitting the adjacent "Start-Stop" ignition push-button by mistake, according to CNN.

The "Start-Stop" button is located right next to the touch screen which controls the radio, navigation system and Bluetooth phone control.

One complaint sent to federal safety regulators claims that a passenger looking for the radio button mistakenly pushed the on-off button, causing the vehicle to come to a halt, like he slammed on the brakes suddenly.

The automaker already has a solution however. Ford says that it will move the location of the Start-Stop button and reprogram the powertrain controls in order to fix the issue.

Though cars being shut off by accident while in motion is a huge safety hazard, Ford said it is not aware of any accidents or injuries that have taken place as a result of the issue, according to CNN.

The recall affects 13,574 2015 MKCs in North America, of which 11,144 can be found in the USA. 

The suggested retail price for the luxury vehicle starts at $33,995.

Ford advises Lincoln MKC owners to avoid using the Sports-Mode button next to the Start-Stop button until repairs are made.

Surprisingly, the automaker issued another, unrelated recall for select MKC vehicles on Tuesday. Ford said the second recall was over fuel pump issues, which could cause the vehicle not to start or to stall while driving.

Cars being shut off unintentionally is the focal point of General Motors' ignition switch recall, which has been linked to 42 deaths so far. The design issue with the GM vehicles was in a key ignition, not a push button, however. 

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