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Ford Motor Co. is recalling about 2,100 newer Taurus sedans with a key-activated ignition, not push-button start, because the key could be removed from the ignition when the gear shift is not in the park position.

This potential defect could increase the risk of a rollaway vehicle, Ford said in a statement Friday announcing the recall.

Affected vehicles include 2017-18 Ford Taurus sedans with a physical key and non-push button start built at the Chicago Assembly Plant from July 21, 2017 to Feb. 13, 2018, Ford said.

Ford dealers will replace the vehicle’s shifter assembly for free.

The issue with the Taurus ignition and shifter assembly is different from an ignition switch recall at General Motors Co. in 2014 linked to 124 deaths. In those vehicles, the key could be bumped out of the “run” position by a knee or heavy keychain while the vehicle was driving, cutting power to the engine and power steering, and preventing airbag deployment.

NNaughton@detroitnews.com

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