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Ford Recalls All 2015 MKC's for Driver Shutting Them Off.

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G. David Felt
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Ford Recalls All 2015 MKC's for Driver Shutting Them Off.

 

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CNN Money posted their story about the new 2015 MKC's being recalled due to drivers shutting the auto off when they think they are making changes to other feature / functions in the car. This happens according to FORD due to people reaching to put the car into sports mode. This button and the Transmission button for gear selection is right next to the Start / Stop button for the car. These buttons are all next to the Navigation / Radio system. According to the CNN Money story, one person wrote to safety regulators how their passenger reached over to change the radio and accidentally hit the start stop button making the car come to a stop as if someone hit the brakes really hard.

 

FORD is not aware of any accidents but has decided to change the location of the MKC's start / stop button and reprogram the power train system to deal with this problem.

 

FORD also in this linked story at CNN Money issued additional recalls to fix airbags on 135,000 Flex's and F-150 trucks where an adult sitting in the seat is not sensed so the airbag will not deploy or it will think a child is sitting there and not deploy. 

 

The biggest part of the second story is that FORD issued a recall to fix a recall. 335,000 FORD Crown Victoria, Lincoln Town Car and Mercury Grand Marquis were originally recalled and the fix can cause the steering shaft to break. FORD states that after the repairs were made, it was discovered that the repairs were improper to fix the original recall leading to this second recall.

 

Interesting is the link in the recall story to the updated story about exploding airbags. It seams that till Takata can build enough airbags to replace the approximately 8-10 million that need to be changed, Auto companies such as Toyota are being allowed to disable the airbag. Toyota is putting a sticker on the dash for the passenger side stating no one should be riding in that seat till the airbag is replaced. 

 

The executive Clarence Ditlow for the Center for Auto Safety is concerned that this could cause even more deaths due to people ignoring the stickers.

 

No matter how you look at it, it would seem that 2014 was the year of the RECALL.

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Makes one wonder how they will do the new location, does this mean it gets a new dash installed? New Hole cut in the dash? Is there a button on the left side of the steering wheel they can reprogram and change the start stop to the other function?

 

This also brings up what will they do when idiots go to touch the nav or radio and instead hit the P for park or R for Reverse or N for Neutral. This design was really stupid of the Designer who thought it would look good as having the transmission by the touch screen just sucks IMHO.

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