Ford Recalls 350,000 vehicles for faulty transmission

09 Apr Ford issues safety recalls for 350,000 present-year trucks and SUVs with a faulty transmission

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Apr 09, 2018 | by Iqtidar Ali

Ford Motor Company issued two safety recalls related to transmission faults that affect almost 350,000 vehicles in total.

All of these vehicles include 2018 F-Series pickup trucks and 2018 Ford Expedition SUVs(Sport Utility Vehicles) built at multiple manufacturing facilities (list of all affected batches below).

First Recall

The affected vehicles with the first issue suffer from dispositioned clip that locks the gear shift cable to the transmission — as a result of this clip not being fully seated can cause the vehicle to be in a gear that the driver does not intend the vehicle to be in.

This fault can result in un-intended vehicle movement during or after parking as the vehicle may not be in park gear while the driver thinks he/she has parked the vehicle — this could be a dangerous scenario if the park-brake is not explicitly applied.

Ford admits there is at least one accident and injurty related to this transmission failure is on-record.

Widely affected vehicles include 2018 Ford F-150 and 2018 Ford Expedition vehicles with 10-speed automatic transmissions and 2018 Ford F-650 and F-750 vehicles with 6-speed automatic transmissions.

Following is a more specific list of affected vehicles with manufacturing data and assembly plant location.

  • 2018 Ford F-150 vehicles built at Dearborn Assembly Plant, Jan. 5, 2017 to Feb. 16, 2018
  • 2018 Ford F-150 vehicles built at Kansas City Assembly Plant, Jan. 25, 2017 to Feb. 16, 2018
  • 2018 Ford Expedition vehicles built at Kentucky Truck Plant, April 3, 2017 to Jan. 30, 2018
  • 2018 Ford F-650 and F-750 vehicles built at Ohio Assembly Plant, April 25, 2017 to March 9, 2018

Ford Motor Company will fix the safety transmission issues at no-cost to customer — they issued following statement in this regard in an official press-release;

The recall involves approximately 347,425 vehicles in North America, with 292,909 in the United States and federalized territories, 51,742 in Canada and 2,774 in Mexico. The Ford reference number for this recall is 18S10

Dealers will inspect and verify that the shift cable locking clip was properly installed. If the clip is not properly seated, technicians will adjust the shifter cable and secure the locking clip at no cost to the customer.

2nd Recall

The second safety recall affects almost 161 vehicles including 2017-18 Ford F-150 and 2018 Ford Expedition, 2018 Lincoln Navigator and 2018 Ford Mustang equipped with 10R80 transmission for a potentially missing transmission roll pin.

The function of the missing roll-pin is to attach the parking pawl rod guide cup to the transmission case. Repeated use of the transmission in-case of the missing roll-pin will result in loss of the ‘park function’ even when the shifter and instrument panel display indicate the vehicle is in park.

This condition might allow the ignition key to be removed without a warning message or warning chime even when the driver’s door is opened that indicates that the car is not secured in park. This could result in a ‘rollaway ‘ of the vehicle which Ford describes as ‘unintended vehicle movement’ ultimately increasing the risk of an accident and injury.

The following list of vehicles are potentially affected with the safety issue;

  • 2017-18 Ford F-150 vehicles built at Dearborn Assembly Plant, Oct. 20, 2016 to March 5, 2018
  • 2017-18 Ford F-150 vehicles built at Kansas City Assembly Plant, Dec. 22, 2017 to Feb. 26, 2018
  • 2018 Ford Expedition vehicles built at Kentucky Truck Plant, Nov. 28, 2017 to Feb. 14, 2018
  • 2018 Ford Mustang vehicles built at Flat Rock Assembly Plant, Nov. 6, 2017 to Feb. 12, 2018
  • 2018 Lincoln Navigator vehicles built at Kentucky Truck Plant, Dec. 13, 2017 to March 8, 2018

Following information is important in regards to resolving your issue, release by Ford Motor Company in their press-release addressing the issue;

The recall involves approximately 161 vehicles in North America with 142 in the United States and federalized territories, 18 in Canada and one in Mexico. The Ford reference number for this recall is 18S09.

Dealers will inspect the transmission for a missing park pawl rod guide cup roll pin and will install the roll pin if required at no cost to the customer.

To check if your vehicle is affected with the issue you can simply search the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) website using your Vehicle Information Number(VIN) or the make and model of your car.

We still strongly recommend that you take your vehicle to your Ford dealer for a thorough checkup — because there should be no compromise on safety.

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