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.