Ford Recalls 1.5M F-150 Trucks Due To Transmission Issues

  • Written by: Russell Maas

Nearly 1.5 million Ford F-150 pick-up trucks are being recalled, following several consumer complaints about the automatic transmission experiencing an unexpected downshift while in motion, potentially increasing the risk of an accident. 

The Ford F-150 recall was announced by Ford Motor Company on February 13, due to transmission problems that may result in an intermittent loss from the speed sensor. As a result, the vehicle may unexpectedly downshift to first gear, which may impact the drivers ability to control the truck. To date, Ford is aware of at least five accidents that appear to stem from the transmission failure.

The recalled vehicles are equipped with 6-speed automatic transmissions that could be subject to a loss of transmissions due to a failure in the powertrain control module that recognizes the speed sensor signal. Ford is warning customers that in this event, the vehicle could spontaneously downshift to first gear, significantly lowering the speed of the vehicle and increase the risk of a crash.

Approximately 1.48 million vehicles are impacted by the recall, including model year 2011 through 2013 Ford F-150 vehicles manufactured at the Dearborn Assembly Plant from April 29, 2010 through October 28, 2013 and the Kansas Assembly Plant from May 18, 2010 to November 2013.

According to the recall notice, 1.26 million impacted Ford trucks were distributed to dealers throughout the United States and its territories for sale, while the remaining 220,000 vehicles were distributed for sale in Canada.

Customers will receive notice in the mail with details on the recall and how to schedule a repair at their local dealer, who are instructed to update the power control module software, Ford announced.

Customers with additional questions or concerns regarding the F-150 recall may contact Ford Customer Service at 1-800-392-3673 and reference the recall number 198S07.

The F-150 recall is one of three announced this week by the automobile manufacturer. Ford also announced a recall of approximately 27,000 model year 2017 through 2019 Lincoln Continental vehicles due to reports of intermittently functioning door latches that may have silicone build-ups preventing the doors from fully latching.

The third recall announced this week includes roughly 4,200 2019 Mustang, Lincoln Nautilus and Lincoln Navigator vehicles which have instrument panel cluster assemblies that may become blank upon vehicle start-up.

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  1. Kim Reply

    So far all they want us to is pay for test to be don when it’s not my recall its Ford we should not have to pay a dime out of pocket for this we just bought are truck 7 months ago and it will not even start and they are just keep coming up with more excuses but not fixing are truck

  2. Ron Reply

    My 2013 will downshift to first gear while traveling 70mph on the interstate. This happens the moment the speedometer needle drops to zero although the truck’s actual speed is 70mph.
    Ford has been no help. They’ve issued a recall while at the same time admitting there’s nothing they can do about the problem. Apparently, their software engineers are “working on it”.
    This has been occurring with my F150 since January 2019. It’s now May 2019. I’m quite disgusted.
    Fortunately , no accidents yet but this problem has resulted in several close calls. I’ve almost been rear ended countless times.
    Is there not a class action suit regarding this. I would gladly participate in one.

  3. chad Reply

    I have a 2013 Ford F150 that is experiencing the downshifting at high speeds. Ford will not do anything about the issue. I feel the truck is unsafe to drive and all they tell me is they are working on the problem. Lets start a class action!!

  4. Michael Reply

    My Ford F150 2013 is now at the Ford dealership in Paris Arkansas because of the Safety Recall Notice 19S07 / NHTSA Recall 19V-075 Default in the truck that causes the transmission to drop in to first gear at speed. I was doing about 45 miles an hour and it felt like i had been hit by a mac truck in the rear end. It broke my U-Joint and screwed up the transmission to the point that my local repair shop found chunks of metal in the transmission pan. I received the “IMPORTANT SAFETY RECALL” Letter in March of 2019 but FORD has not established a repair procedure for the 2013 6 speed transmission. I managed to start a case with FORD CAS-17940987-N5K1F4 but now it has been over a week and the dealership is not getting a response as to how to proceed. Supposedly the recall team is saying oh well the transmission is not showing the right code. I don’t know what code do you need when it locks up the wheels on the truck and feels like someone slammed in to you. If anyone is going 60 or on a wet or gravel road when it happens they will be dead. Ford provided an additional case number with no additional information CAS-21844280 Maybe it is class action time???


  5. Mark Reply

    Same issue with mine last week. At Ford now as we speak. Advised there is another recall to redo what was not done right the first time. Doing a out 40 when mine did the wrench on the screen. Speed showing zero and scared the crap out of me.

  6. Andrew Reply

    I was driving CHRISTMAS night with my 2 and 4 year little girls when my 2013 F 150 downshifted to first gear going 75 mph. Ruined my transmission and we had to wait an hour and a half for a wrecker to come tow us an hour and half back home at my expense. Ford has been dodging me for 6 months now. Me and my little girls could have been killed.
    Im all for a class action lawsuit how do we do it?

  7. Ken Reply

    I have a 2013 F150 STX 4X4, 5.OL that I bought new and have 52,000 miles on it. I love the truck and have had no issues with it at all. I got my recall notice and made an appointment with the Dealership I purchased the truck through to have the transmission recoded even though up to that point I had not experienced any of the downshifting problems. I only waited about an hour and the Service Dept. gave me my keys and said it was all done. Shortly (days) after I was traveling on a main roadway (4 lanes) at 60 mph and the truck went from 6th gear into 1st gear with no warning. I was almost struck in the rear before I could move the transmission into neutral and coast onto the shoulder. I shut the truck down, restarted, and had no more issues for a week. I was bringing my son home from the hospital after having a back surgery where his back was fused with a plate when the truck did it again. The truck was taken back to the dealer and they kept it for over a week. This time the deal said my truck may not have been required to have the fix done since I have a 5.L V-8 and the recall was only for the 6 speed six cylinder engines and 6 speed transmissions.The truck ran fine for the next few weeks. Last Sunday while on a 500 mile return trip from Maine to NJ the transmission downshifted twice in the same day. I simply moved the selector into neutral and back into drive and it shifted normal. I made another appointment but can’t get in for two weeks. The dealership is now saying if I didn’t have the extended warranty Ford won’t do anything since their records indicate the repairs have been made already. That just isn’t right.

  8. Nick Reply

    I have already gotten the software update. It has not fixed the downshift issue. Also the truck shudders like crazy like its going to fall apart. Somedays it doesnt some times it’s bad, especially when taking off from a stop. Transmission downshifted from 6th to 1st while accelerating 3 times so far
    Twice after the new software update. And Ford will not replace moulded leadframe unless code shows up for it specifically. This is bullshit. That’s where all the sensors are, and is clearly the problem.

  9. Evan Reply

    I received the recall notification Wednesday, February 13th. I brought my 2012 F-150 into the nearest dealership the following day, Thursday the 14th. They walked me through the ‘reprogramming’ they were going to do. A few hours later I received a call stating that it was finished and fixed. When I picked it up, I was told that the drive may be ‘a little rough’ for the first 100 miles. The truck downshifted suddenly four times in the first 15 minutes. As well, with no warning, the truck will become stuck in one gear (typically first) when pulling away from a stop sign or light. Very concerning with traffic behind you or stopped on an incline.
    I brought my truck back into another dealership Saturday, February 15th for a closer look. I received a call later stating that the ‘reprogramming’ was completed, but there was another recall due to the wrench symbol being shown on my dash indicators. Fortunately for Ford Motor Company, unfortunately for me, my truck is 4,000 miles over the limit to have this second recall costs covered. Parts and labor will now cost me $600.
    It doesn’t take a mechanic to realize that sudden shifting in a transmission will cause permanent damage. It also doesn’t take a mechanic to realize that this is the cause of my further transmission damage, which will now require a large amount of money to fix something that I have already been told was fixed twice. Why is Ford not covering these costs? Why did Ford wait so long to notify me? It feels as though they deliberately waited knowing that trucks like mine would exceed the mileage limit in the time it took them to enact the first recall. Do I have any options?

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