Ford is recalling late model versions of its rear-wheel drive vehicles, including the Mustang, F series pickups and Expedition SUV, among others. The issue is with a transmission sensor that is not calibrated correctly, which can cause the reverse gear to malfunction.
Back that thing up
Ford, according to USA Today, has announced a recall of late model cars, trucks and SUVs that have rear-wheel drive, due to an issue with a transmission component that could fail. The result of the defect is that the vehicle may fail to shift into reverse gear.
The recall extends to the Ford Expedition SUV for the 2012 model year, 2012 and 2013 Ford Mustang cars and the 2011 to 2012 model year Ford F-150 pickup trucks. The recall also covers the 2012 Lincoln Navigator, as the Navigator is the Lincoln-badged version of the Expedition SUV.
All told, according to AutoGuide, there are 10,500 vehicles involved in the recall.
The issue is with the transmission range sensor, according to AutoBlog. The problem only extends to models with automatic transmissions; owners need not worry if they drive manuals. The range sensor is crucial in engaging the reverse gear and the TRS units in question may not have been calibrated for reverse gear.
If the defect is present, the vehicle will not engage in reverse gear when it is selected. The vehicle’s reverse lamp and taillights as well as dashboard indicator may also not come on if reverse gear is selected. This increases the chances of an accident or crash.
The issue is likely with a batch of bad parts from a supplier. Ford is not saying whether that is the case, as automakers don’t generally name parts suppliers or acknowledge if a parts supplier was at fault for a defect.
Notifications going out soon
The recall is going to start on or about June 25, so owners will likely be contacted by Ford on or before that date. To fix the issue, Ford will direct owners to take their vehicles to the nearest Ford dealership service station. Technicians will inspect the transmission and the transmission range sensor.
If the sensor is found to be faulty, it will be replaced if necessary, at no cost to the owner. Concerned owners can contact Ford’s Customer Relationship Center at 1-866-436-7332 for more information.