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Ford recalls 65,000 Fusion models on ignition key issues

Joe Hinrichs, Ford's president of the Americas (R) and Jimmy Settles, UAW vice president of the National Ford Department, shake hands over the first 2014 Fusion produced in the United States during a news event to announce the beginning of Ford Fusion production at the assembly plant in Flat Rock, Michigan August 29, 2013. REUTERS/James Fassinger

DETROIT (Reuters) - Ford Motor Co (F.N) on Tuesday said it is recalling about 65,000 Fusion sedans in North America because the key can be removed from the ignition even if the car is not in the "park" position 30 minutes after the ignition is off, the company said.

Ford said it is not aware of any injuries or crashes as a result of this issue.

This is caused by a programming fault in the instrument cluster of the sedans, Ford said.

Affected are some 2014 and 2015 model year Fusion sedans, including Ford's primary version as well as Energi and hybrid versions built through October 31.

Ford said about 56,500 of the Fusion sedans under the recall are registered in the United States, about 6,000 in Canada and about 2,350 in Mexico.

Cars brought into dealerships will have part of the vehicle computers reprogrammed, at no cost.

The Fusion is Ford's best-selling sedan in the U.S. market. Its sales through October this year were about 250,000, up 20 percent from the first 10 months of last year.

(Reporting by Bernie Woodall; Editing by Chizu Nomiyama)