Ford is recalling over a million F-150 models due to a potential problem with their automatic transmissions.
If you own an older-model F-150, you might want to pay attention to this recall. Roughly 1.48 million F-150s built between 2011 and 2013 are being recalled because their 6-speed automatic transmissions can randomly shift down to first gear, which is a pretty awful thing to do when you’re traveling on the highway.
In Ford’s words, 2011 and 2013 F-150s equipped with a 6-speed automatic transmission "may experience an intermittent loss of the transmission output speed sensor signal to the powertrain control module, potentially resulting in a temporary, unintended downshift into first gear." Downshifting to first from high speeds is bad for a number of reasons, not the least of which being that it will be a massive shock to the entire frame if it’s traveling at speeds in excess of 70 mph.
That shock could cause the driver to lose control and crash. So far, Ford is aware of 5 accidents as a result of this issue and at least one case of whiplash.
Of the 1.48 million pickups affected, 1.26 million are in the United States and 221,000 in Canada. Affected trucks were built at Ford’s Dearborn Assembly Plant between April 28, 2010, and October 28, 2013, as well as their Kansas City Assembly Plant between May 18, 2010, and November 18, 2013.
The fix is just a software update for the powertrain control module, which dealers should be able to do relatively quickly. Ford didn’t provide details on how they’d notify owners, but that’s likely to be done via letter mail in the next two months.
There’s also a smaller recall happening for Lincoln Continentals built between 2017 and 2019. Affected sedans "may have an intermittently functioning door latch motor due to the buildup of silicon contamination; as a result, the door latch may not fully engage." This could cause the door to fly open while driving.
About 27,000 vehicles in the United States are suspected of having this issue and another 1,200 in Canada. Dealers will replace the door latches on all four doors to resolve the issue.