Ford Recalls 1.5 Million F-150 Trucks And Thousands Of Mustangs And Continentals
Ford Motor Company officially announced this week that it has issued a recall involving close to 1.5 million units of its older F-150 pickup trucks. The recall affects select 2011 to 2013 model year pickup trucks equipped with a six-speed automatic transmission sold in the United States and Canada. According to the company, it estimates that there were over 1.26 million trucks of those model years sold in the United States and around 221,000 sold in Canada.
The company received reports of possibly faulty automatic transmissions on their older products since they were sold. Ford mentioned that it is also aware of at least five vehicular accidents that may have been caused by the problem. Fortunately, none of those accidents resulted in fatalities, but one victim is reportedly suffering from whiplash-related injuries.
According to the company, the problem lies within the older truck's six-speed automatic transmission system, which can lose contact with the output speed sensor resulting in an unexpected downshift to first gear. The problem has reportedly been identified as a fault within the powertrain control module's software.
The sudden shift into low gear may result in vehicles unexpectedly slowing down. This may, in turn, result in the rear tires locking up, which could lead to a skid or crash and an increase in the risk of injury to the vehicle's driver and passengers. Ford is currently asking affected customers to immediately take their vehicles to their respective dealers for servicing. Dealers can then update the powertrain control module's software to repair the problem.
The U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) reportedly received over 123 complaints from customers in 2017. They also received reports of at least two crashes that are related to the defect. The NHTSA then launched an investigation into the matter. The Ford F-150 pickup truck is the company's best-selling vehicle in the United States. The company reportedly sold almost 1 million units in the country last year.
Aside from the F-150 recall, Ford has also issued two separate recalls for its Lincoln Continental luxury sedans and its Ford Mustang sports cars. Over 28,200 Lincoln Continentals, 2017 to 2019-model years, are reportedly affected by a possible defect in the car's door latches, which may result in the door suddenly opening while the vehicle is still in motion. Meanwhile, around 4,200 Ford Mustangs released last year may have faulty instrument panel cluster assemblies. A few Lincoln Nautilus and Lincoln Navigator models using the same instrument panel cluster assemblies are also affected. The defect apparently causes the vehicles to display a blank screen when started. Affected owners are advised to visit their dealers, who can then fix the problems without any additional charges.