"Due to the switch's close proximity to other controls, occupants are inadvertently shutting off the engine while driving," the automaker said in a statement. "If the push-to-start button is inadvertently actuated while driving, the restraint system may not perform as intended in a crash, increasing the risk of injuries."
Ford said it is not aware of any accidents or injuries linked to the recall.
Lincoln dealers will replace the gearshift module with one that has the push-to-start button in a different location and reprogram the powertrain control module. The recall will begin in late February, Ford spokeswoman Kelli Felker told Edmunds.
"Owners of the vehicles that may be affected will receive a letter alerting them to this recall," Felker wrote in an e-mailed message. "They should contact their local dealership once they receive a letter. If a customer experiences an unexpected engine shut-off, they should press the ignition button to restart the engine."
The affected 2015 MKC SUVs were built from August 20, 2013 to September 9, 2014 at the Louisville Assembly Plant.
Owners can contact Lincoln customer service at 1-800-521-4140.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, which oversees vehicle recalls in the U.S., has not posted any information about the new MKC recall.
Edmunds says: Since this recall does not begin for several weeks, owners of the 2015 Lincoln MKC should contact their dealers with any immediate concerns.