A recall order has been made by Ford on about 202,000 SUVs, cars and pickup trucks in North America due to faulty automatic transmissions. The announcement was made on Wednesday, Apr. 27, 2016.
The automatic transmissions on the affected vehicles reportedly downshift to first gear unexpectedly. According to Ford, the issue has already caused three crashes but no injuries. Dealers will observe and inspect the sensors. If there are no trouble codes in the sensors, the software will be updated. If there are trouble codes, the part containing the speed sensor will also be replaced for free.
According to Ford, there a software problem in a speed sensor can trigger the vehicles to suddenly downshift to first gear. The defect particularly affects the 6R80 transmission models on certain 2011 and 2012 Ford F-150 models, the 2012 Expedition, and the 2012 Mustang, built in Michigan from Aug. 19, 2011 through Feb. 21, 2012 and the 2012 Lincoln Navigator built in Kentucky from Aug. 19, 2011 through Dec. 17, 2011.
CNBC reports that over 81,000 Explorer SUVs will be recalled due to the rear suspension issue. The Explorer recall includes the 2014 and 2015 SUVs and Police Interceptor models in the United States, Canada and Mexico.
Ford explained that the suspension links may fracture because of poor welds, resulting in steering loss. So far, the suspension defect has already resulted to one crash and one injury. They will also replace the left and right rear suspension toe links and align the rear suspension of the vehicles, free of charge.
USA Today reveals that there will be three minor recalls by Ford as well. 2,600 2016 Ford F-Series Super Duty units will be recalled to determine whether tires were damaged from a conveyer during the manufacturing process. 199 units of the 2007 to 2012 Ford Flex, Mercury Sable and Lincoln MKS will also be recalled to fix air bag modules on the driver side. 40 2016 Ford Fusion units will be recalled to replace mountain bracket welding in the driver seat. So far, no crashes or injuries have resulted from these problems.
Hopefully, the adjustments will provide safe rides to all concerned customers. Drivers who own the affected models or are experiencing issues are advised to visit their Ford dealer immediately for quick inspection and possible replacement and fixing of components.
More updates and details on the recent Ford recall are expected soon.