Ford has issued a recall for the 2013 Ford F-150 over an issue that might cause unintended transmission downshifts due to intermittent output speed sensor failure.
The defect: initially, Ford issued recall 19S07 for select 2013 Ford F-150 vehicles equipped with 5.0-liter and 6.2-liter gasoline engines. However, the powertrain control module software used to service these vehicles in accordance with recall 19S07 was incomplete. It did not have the updates necessary to prevent a potential unintended downshift into first gear or the updates necessary to ensure illumination of the malfunction indicator light in the event of an intermittent transmission output speed sensor signal.
Ford F-150 trucks that have not had 19S07 performed are not affected by this action and will receive updated software under the existing 19S07 program. A vehicle without the intended 19S07 calibration remains at risk for unintended transmission downshift due to intermittent output speed sensor failure.
The hazards: depending on vehicle speed, an abrupt transmission downshift to first gear without warning could result in loss of vehicle control, increasing the risk of a crash.
Components: powertrain control module.
Affected vehicles: 2013 Ford F-150 models built at the Ford Dearborn Assembly Plant from May 7th, 2012 to October 27th, 2013, and at the Ford Kansas City Assembly Plant from April 18th, 2012 to November 18th, 2013.
Number of affected vehicles: approximately 123,000 Ford F-150 models in North America, including:
- 107,850 units in the United States and federalized territories
- 15,200 units in Canada
The fix: dealers will reprogram the powertrain control module with the appropriate software calibration.
Owners should: Ford recommends that owners get the recall performed by an authorized Ford dealer.
- Ford Customer Service: 1-866-436-7332
- FoMoCo Recall Number: 19S19
- NHTSA Toll Free: 1-888-327-4236
- NHTSA (TTY): 1-800-424-9153
- NHTSA Website: www.safecar.gov