Ford C-Max Hybrids Recalled To Fix Engine Shut-Off Problem


2015 Ford C-Max Hybrid

2015 Ford C-Max Hybrid

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Ford is recalling 2015 C-Max hybrids to address a software glitch, as part of a larger recall of more than 432,000 2015 models.

The software-related malfunction in the body-control module could cause the engines in affected vehicles to continue running even after the driver has turned off the ignition.

It's possible for cars to continue running with the ignition switched to "off" and key removed or, after pressing the engine start/stop button, if so equipped.

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The base C-Max Hybrid SE is uses an ignition key, while the C-Max Hybrid SEL and C-Max Energi plug-in hybrid come with push-button start.

Leaving a car unattended with the engine running presents a number of potential safety issues, including asphyxiation if the vehicle is parked in a garage.

This could also make one of the affected cars more attractive to car thieves.

2015 Ford C-Max Hybrid

2015 Ford C-Max Hybrid

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Ford says it knows of no accidents or injuries related to this problem.

Owners will be notified of when to take their cars into dealers, who will update the body-control module software free of charge.

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The recall affects a total of 432,096 vehicles in North America, including 374,781 registered in the U.S., 52,180 registered in Canada, and 5,135 in Mexico.

Affected C-Max models were built at Ford's Michigan Assembly Plant between April 22, 2014, and June 12, 2015.

2015 Ford C-Max Energi

2015 Ford C-Max Energi

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Other Ford models are included in the recall as well, although the carmaker did not break out figures for individual models.

Also affected are 2015 Escape models built at the Louisville Assembly Plant between April 1, 2014, and June 12, 2015.

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Finally, 2015 Focus models built at the Michigan Assembly Plant between June 17, 2014, and June 12, 2015, are included as well.

Owners can contact Ford customer service at (800)-392-3673 with any questions.

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