Ford has issued a recall on 13,500 Lincoln MKC crossovers from the 2015 model year because some drivers accidentally hit the engine start-stop button while driving, potentially leading to a crash. This follows a recall for some MKCs whose faulty fuel pump could cause the vehicle to not start or stall while driving.
You see, instead of a traditional shift lever, the 2015 Lincoln MKC has buttons to put the car in different gears, but drivers who are reaching for the "S" button to activate the sport mode are sometimes hitting the adjacent start-stop button, apparently. The start-stop button also happens to be next to the touchscreen and at least one MKC owner reported that a passenger reaching for the radio had mistakenly pushed the on-off button, forcing the vehicle to come to a sudden halt.
Ford said it is not aware of any accidents or injuries that have occurred as a direct result, but since cars being inadvertently shut off while driving pose a significant safety hazard, the company will move the location of the start-stop button and reprogram the powertrain controls to fix the problem.
The number of affected MKC units in Canada remains unspecified.