I just bought a 2009 Ford Taurus Limited. While waiting in line to get the emission test I placed the shifter in park. When I moved it into drive I heard the sound of breaking plastic and a part falling in the console. The shifter continued to work as it should. The brake interlock, backup lights and audible backup warning still work.
I took the trim off the console and found the part laying on the bottom of the console.
Does anyone know what this part is or what it does?