Ford announced the recall of a total of 285,000 vehicles for a variety of problems. In total, the automaker issued five recalls, two for more than 280,000 vehicles and three for 5,000. A total of four crashes and an injury were linked to the two largest recalls. The recalls are for issues that range from transmission downshifting issues to welding problems and damaged tires.
In the largest recall totaling nearly 202,000 vehicles, the automaker recalled pickups, cars and SUVs for a transmission problem. The recall covers F-150 pickups, Mustangs, Expeditions and Lincoln Navigators built from 2011 to 2012. An issue with an output speed sensor may cause sudden downshifts into first gear that can, at speed, cause the rear wheels to lock or slide. The speed sensor is located on the transmission’s lead frame.
Three accidents were linked to the problem. The operators lost control of their vehicles when the trouble occurred. The fix involves a software update to the powertrain control module. If a diagnostic code has also been thrown and recorded, the dealer must also replace the lead frame. On vehicles without the trouble code, the automaker will replace the lead frame for 10 years or 150,000 miles of the start of the warranty.
In the second major recall, 81,000 2014 and 2015 Explorers and Police Interceptor Utilities a problem was found with suspension welding. Specifically, the issue involves poorly welded suspension toe links. The problem may result in:
- Rear suspension noise
- Steering difficulty
- Loss of steering control
So far, one accident and one injury have been associated with the issue. Dealers will replace suspension toe links and align the rear suspension for free.
In the three smaller recalls:
- The tires on 2,596 F-Series Super Duty pickups may be damaged. The damage occurred on a conveyor during assembly. The tires may rupture if they are not replaced. Dealers will inspect and replace the tires as needed.
- The airbags on 199 2007-12 cars and crossovers may not have a complete deployment package. The affected vehicles – Ford Flex, Taurus, Lincoln MKS and Mercury Sable – may not have the chemical enhancer needed for proper second-stage airbag deployment. The issue does not affect first-stage deployment. Dealers will replace the driver-side airbag module.
- The driver’s seat track assembly on 39 2016 Ford Fusions may have been weakened by improper welding. There have been no reports of injury. Dealers will inspect and repair the track as necessary.