Published: Thu, February 14, 2019
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Ford recalls 1.5M pickups because transmissions can suddenly downshift without warning

Ford recalls 1.5M pickups because transmissions can suddenly downshift without warning

Ford Motor Company announced a triple shot of recalls Wednesday morning that address problems in approximately 1.5 million Ford F-150s, Mustangs, Lincoln Continentals, Lincoln Nautilus and Lincoln Navigators.

The recall covers F-150 trucks from the 2011 through 2013 model years with six-speed automatic transmissions.

"Ford is aware of five reports of accidents, including one report of "whiplash" potentially related to this condition", the company says.

About 1.26 million of the affected cars were based in the United States and the remaining 221,000 in Canada. 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.

Also Wednesday, Ford issued a separate recall for 2017-2019 Lincoln Continental vehicles, in which some door latches may not engage, meaning the doors could open while driving.

Ford said it was not aware of any reports of accidents or injuries.


A second recall issued by ford covers 27,000 2017-2019 Lincoln Continental sedans.

The company said it is now unaware of any reports of accidents or injuries resulting from the condition.

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

As remedy, Ford service people will replace all four door latch assemblies.

The third recall, folding in the 2019 Ford Mustang, Lincoln Nautilus, and Lincoln Navigator vehicles, is the smallest, affecting just 4,200 vehicles.

This action affects approximately 4,200 vehicles in the U.S. and 150 in Canada. The Ford reference number for this recall is 19C03. The instrument panel software will be updated.

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