This week, Ford has issued three recalls that affect over 1 million vehicles.
The first recall: Transmission downshifts and ‘whiplash.’
The largest of the three recalls affects 1.48 million 2011-2013 F-150 pickups.
The six-speed automatic transmission output speed sensor can lose connection to the powertrain control module. If this occurs, the transmission can shift down to first gear, which can cause the driver to lose control of the vehicle.
Ford has received five incident reports of this happening and one case of whiplash due to the defect.
Ford plans to fix the issue with a software update.
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The second recall: Defective door latches.
The second recall affects 30,000 2017-2019 Lincoln Continentals.
In some vehicles, the door latch may begin to not function due to silicon build up. If this occurs, the door may not fully close. This presents the risk of a door opening while traveling.
Ford plans to fix the issue by removing and replacing the door latches on all four doors.
The third recall: Missing gauge clusters.
This recall affects 4,200 2019 Ford Mustangs, Lincoln Nautilus and Lincoln Navigators.
Ford reports, that some of the instrument panel cluster assemblies may be blank upon starting the vehicle.
Ford plans to apply a software patch to resolve the issue.
To see if your vehicle is involved in the recall, visit Ford.com.
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Source: Cnet.com, “Ford recalls 1.5 million F-150 pickups for transmission ‘whiplash’ issues”
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