The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration is investigating whether or not it should task Ford with widening a recall of automatic transmissions to include 1.4 million additional vehicles. The original recall, issued in 2016, included 153k vehicles – Ford F-150 pickups, Ford Expedition and Lincoln Navigator SUVs, and Ford Mustang pony cars – from the 2011 and 2012 model years. The transmissions on the affected vehicles were observed to sometimes shift into first gear unexpectedly, possibly causing a loss of control.
The NHTSA continues to receive related complaints, prompting the agency to investigate whether 1.4 million additional F-150s, Explorers, and Navigators from the 2011 through 2013 model years should be recalled as well. Some of the complaints have come from owners who had their vehicles repaired under the 2016 recall, and say that the fix didn’t correct the problem. Ford’s “fix” was to reprogram the Powertrain Control Module with updated software.
To be clear, this issue is unrelated to complaints regarding the PowerShift dual-clutch transmission in certain Ford Focus, Fiesta, and EcoSport models, which has attracted class-action lawsuits both in the US and abroad.
(Source: Detroit Free Press)