By CRM Staff
Toronto, Ontario -- February 13, 2019 –- Ford has recalled approximately 1.5 million pickup trucks in North America due to the fear of their transmissions suddenly downshifting into first gear.
The recall, which includes 1.26 million vehicles in the U.S. and 221,000 in Canada, covers F-150 models from 2011 to 2013 with six-speed automatic transmissions.
Ford explained that the defect is a result of a glitch affecting the transmission speed sensor. The manufacturer has been notified of five accidents resulting from the transmission failure, including one that caused a whiplash injury.
"Depending on vehicle speed, a downshift to first gear without warning could result in a loss of vehicle control, increasing the risk of a crash," the company said in a statement.
Owners of the affected vehicles will be notified starting March 4. Dealers will be updating the vehicle’s power-train control software to fix the problem.