Ford Issues Recalls for Several Truck, SUV Models
Explorer, Police Utility, Expedition, F-150 and Super Duty Affected
Ford issued multiple recalls today affecting car, truck and SUV models from 2011 to 2016 model years. The biggest affects 2011-2012 F-150 trucks, 2012 Expedition, and Lincoln Navigator vehicles, as well as the Ford Mustang. The issue is with the output speed sensor on the transmission lead. In some cases, transmission controls could force an abrupt downshift into first gear, causing a possible lockup of the rear axle at high speeds, resulting in a loss of traction and increasing the likelihood of an accident. The recall affects Ford F-150s built from August 19, 2011, through March 9, 2012, Ford Expeditions built between August 19, 2011, through December 19, 2011, and Navigators built from August 19, 2011, through December 17, 2011.
Dealers will check the powertrain control module for trouble codes and update the software. As part of the recall, dealers will offer a one-time replacement of the transmission lead frame at no charge for 10 years or 150,000 miles from warranty start date. A total of 184,000 vehicles in the U.S. and 17,900 in Canada are affected. Ford is aware of three reports of accidents related to this issue.
The next recall affects 2014-2015 Ford Explorer models built from January 17, 2014, through May 31, 2014, and Police Interceptor Utility vehicles built from January 21, 2014, through May 13, 2014. At issue is the rear suspension toe links, which can fracture due to poor weld quality. This could result in excessive rear suspension noise, steering difficulty, or loss of control. Dealers will replace the rear links and align the rear suspension at no cost. A total of 75,364 vehicles in the United States, 4,615 in Canada, and 1,057 in Mexico are affected. Ford is aware of one injury and one accident as a result of this issue.
The last recall affects 2016 Ford Super Duty models built between April 5, 2016, through April 10, 2016. Trucks built within that timeframe may have tires damaged on a conveyor belt, potentially weakening the sidewall and increasing the likelihood of a tire failure. No injuries or accidents have been reported related to this issue. A total of 2,288 trucks in the U.S., 271 in Canada, and 37 in Mexico are affected.
To see if your vehicle is affected, visit owner.ford.com, click on the “Recalls” link under the “Maintain Your Vehicle” menu, and enter your 17-character VIN number.