Ford has announced safety recalls that affect certain 2011-2012 model year F-150s and 2016 model year Super Duty trucks.
F-150 transmission troubles
The F-150s are part of a recall of around 202,000 Ford vehicles that also includes the 2012 Expedition, Mustang and Lincoln Navigator. Ford says the affected vehicles could have a potential issue with the output speed sensor on the transmission lead frame. Under certain conditions the transmissions controls could force a temporary downshift into first gear.
“Depending on the speed of the vehicle at the time of the downshift, the driver could experience an abrupt speed reduction that could cause the rear tires to slide or lock up,” the recall notice says, adding the condition could result in loss of vehicle control, increasing the risk of a crash.
Ford is aware of three reports of accidents but no injuries related to this condition.
Affected vehicles are equipped with a 6R80 transmission and include certain 2011-2012 Ford F-150 vehicles built at Dearborn Assembly Plant and Kansas City Assembly Plant, Aug. 19, 2011 through March 9, 2012.
Dealers will inspect the powertrain control module for diagnostic trouble codes tied to the issue. If no related diagnostic trouble codes are present, dealers will update the powertrain control module software, which will eliminate the downshift into first gear if an OSS fault occurs. Additionally, as part of the corresponding customer satisfaction program, Ford will provide a one-time replacement of the lead frame at no charge within 10 years or 150,000 miles from the warranty start date.
If related diagnostic trouble codes are present, dealers will update the powertrain control module software and replace the lead frame at no cost to the customer.
Super Duty tire issue
The automaker has also issued a safety recall for approximately 2,600 2016 Ford Super Duty trucks to inspect and replace tires as needed.
Ford says in its recall notice, that certain vehicles’ tires could have been damaged from a conveyor during assembly. In some cases, the sidewall damage could cause a rupture during use, resulting in rapid air loss and increasing the risk of a crash.
Ford is not aware of any accidents, injuries or fires related to this condition.
Affected vehicles include certain 2016 Ford F-Series Super Duty vehicles built at Kentucky Truck Plant, April 5, 2016 through April 10, 2016. There are 2,596 vehicles affected by this issue, including 2,288 in the U.S. and federalized territories, 271 in Canada and 37 in Mexico.
Dealers will inspect the tires for inboard sidewall damage and replace as needed at no cost to the customer.