Older Ford F-150s Recalled Over Unintended Downshifts: 1.48 Million Trucks Affected

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Ford has announced a recall affecting a total of 1.48 million F-150 pickup trucks in North America over a transmission problem.

Certain 2011 to 2013 Ford F-150 pickups fit with a six-speed automatic transmission are affected by the recall, which is caused by an intermittent loss of signal from the transmission output speed sensor to the powertrain control module.

This can result in an unintended downshift to first gear, which at high speeds can lead to loss of vehicle control.

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Ford says that it is aware of five accidents related to this issue, one of which claimed to have given the occupants whiplash.

To fix the issue Ford dealers will update the powertrain control module software. Of the affected trucks, approximately 1.26 million are in the United States while about 221,000 are in Canada.

The older F-150s recalled include the 2011-13 F-150 built at Dearborn Assembly Plant from April 28, 2010 to Oct. 28, 2013, and the Kansas City Assembly Plant from May 18, 2010 to Nov. 18, 2013.