Ford Recalls 1.48 Million F-150s For Sudden Downshift, Crash Concern

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Ford announced Wednesday it is recalling 1.5 million of its best-selling F-150 pickup trucks due to a glitch in its transmission system that can lead to accidents.

This recall is related to an earlier recall from 2016 that included 2011-2012 Ford F-150 trucks, 2012 Ford Mustang coupes and convertibles, and 2012 Ford Expedition and Lincoln Navigator SUVs.

"Depending on vehicle speed, a downshift to first gear without warning could result in a loss of vehicle control, increasing the risk of a crash", the automaker said. The company said affected vehicles could temporarily shift into first gear while driving, potentially causing drivers to lose control of their vehicles or crash.

Owners will be notified by letter starting March 4.

Ford's F-Series pickup is the top-selling vehicle in the United States. Certain vehicles 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.

Ford is not aware of any reports of accidents or injuries resulting from this condition.

In March 2016, Ford recalled 153,000 US 2011-2012 Ford F-150, Ford Expedition and Lincoln Navigator vehicles for a similar transmission downshift problem.

The Lincoln Continental recall focuses on door latches that may not properly engage, while the Mustang, Nautilus and Navigator are being brought in for service to reprogram the instrument cluster software. Dealers will replace the door latch assemblies in all four doors.

The third recall, folding in the 2019 Ford Mustang, Lincoln Nautilus, and Lincoln Navigator vehicles, is the smallest, affecting just 4,200 vehicles. Ford spokeswoman Monique Brentley said the root cause was different than in the new recall. The instrument panel software will be updated.

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