Ford has issued a safety recall for 2011-2012 Ford F-150s due to a potential issue with the output speed sensor on the transmission lead frame. Ford says the transmission controls could force a temporary downshift into first gear under certain conditions. The recall notice goes on to say that depending on the speed of the vehicle during the downshift, the driver could experience an abrupt reduction in speed that could cause the rear tires to slide or lock up. A loss of vehicle control, which increases the risk of a crash, could occur under these circumstances.
Ford is aware of three reports of accidents with no injuries related to this situation. There are around 202,000 vehicles affected by the transmission recall that includes the 2012 Ford Expedition, Ford Mustang and the Lincoln Navigator.
These vehicles are equipped with a 6R80 transmission and include certain 2011-2012 Ford F-150 vehicles built at the Dearborn Assembly Plant and the Kansas City Assembly Plant from August 19, 2011 through March 9, 2012. As well as, 2012 Ford Expeditions built at the Kentucky Truck Plant from August 19, 2011 through December 19, 2011; Ford Mustangs built at the Flat Rock Assembly Plant from August 19, 2011 through February 21, 2012; and Lincoln Navigators built at the Kentucky Truck Plant from August 19, 2011 through December 17, 2011.
If you feel you may be affected by this recall, vehicle owners can call Ford at 866-436-7332 for more information; or go to Cars.com to find your local dealer for service. Dealers will inspect the powertrain control module for diagnostic trouble codes related to the issue. If no trouble codes are present, an update in the powertrain control module software will be provided to eliminate the condition. In addition, 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 the trouble codes are present, then dealers will update the software needed and replace the lead frame at no cost to the customer.
If your work truck is a F-150 affected by this recall and you have a Fleetwest transferable truck body, there is no need to worry about technician downtime during repairs. Simply transfer your work truck body out of the F-150 and into another truck bed and in a matter of minutes your technician is back to work. Fleetwest has the innovative solutions to optimize your fleets’ evolution.