Are you driving a Ford?
Given instances when certain automakers failed to issue safety recalls when they should have (or were unaware of a problem because the supplier kept secrets), no chances are being taken these days. And now Ford has just announced two safety recalls and a safety compliance recall of its own in North America for four popular models and one that’s, well, likely living on borrowed time.
First up is the safety recall for 2011-2013 model year Ford F-150s. A total of 1.48 million of the full-size trucks are involved with about 1.26 million in the US and 221,000 in Canada. Ford claims these F-150s are all equipped with the six-speed automatic transmission that may experience an intermittent loss of the transmission output speed sensor signal to the powertrain control module. This could result in a temporary and unintended downshift into first gear. Given that speed plays a role here, the downshift without warning could lead to a loss of vehicle control. There have already been five accident reports, one of which involved "whiplash.” Dealers will replace the powertrain control module.
Next up is the 2017-2019 Lincoln Continental, the vehicle whose future could be in question. The issue here is the door latch. Ford says about 27,000 Lincoln Continentals in the US and 1,200 in Canada may have a door latch motor that may malfunction and not fully engage due to a buildup of silicon contamination. It’s also possible the door could open while driving. Dealers will replace the door latch assembly for all four doors.
Lastly is the safety compliance recall for the 2019 Mustang and 2019 Lincoln Nautilus and Navigator. It’s possible the instrument panel cluster assemblies could be blank when the vehicles are started. So far there haven’t been any reports of accidents or related injuries but about 4,200 vehicles in the US and 150 in Canada are affected. The fix is simply a software update.
Ford did not say when the recalls and the free repairs will get underway, but affected owners will be notified shortly.