Posted on Thursday, January 11th, 2018 at 3:48 pm
According to an AP article, NHTSA is investigating Ford Motor Company’s F-150 pickups regarding a possible transmission defect that could allow the vehicle to unexpectedly shift into first gear, thereby causing drivers to lose control. In 2016, Ford recalled 153,000 vehicles including its popular F-150 pickups, Ford Expeditions, and Lincoln Navigators SUVs and Ford Mustangs from model years 2011-2012 for such a transmission defect.
Federal Regulators state that they are continuing to receive complaints from owners, including some who say Ford’s recall repair work did not solve the problem. Thus, NHTSA is now investigating whether or not Ford’s recall should have included up to an additional 1.4 million F-150s, Navigators, and Expeditions from the 2011-2013 model years.
In April of 2017, Ford recalled 52,000 of its Ford F-250 pickup trucks over concerns that the vehicle could move while in park. Ford Motors says that this problem is apparently related to a damaged park rod actuating plate which may result in the vehicle not actually achieving a mechanical park within the automatic transmission when the driver has shifted the shift lever to park. Ford stated that they are not aware of any accidents or injuries related to this defect.
An AP article appearing at USAToday.com on December 31, 2017 entitled, “Federal Regulator Examining Ford Transmission Recall Involving F-150 Pickups”.