Ford Quietly Notifies Dealers to Expand Warranty Coverage of Vehicles with Transmission Defects
Ford is recalling 261,890 vehicles in the United States for several safety defects including faulty transmission, suspension and tires. According to news reports, the largest of the recalls involves 184,000 models of the 2011-2012 Ford F-150 along with the 2012 Expedition, Mustang and Lincoln Navigator.
In these vehicles, the output speed sensors on the automatic transmission’s lead frame may suddenly force a downshift into first gear, causing the rear tires to slide or lock up. Ford received reports of at least three accidents in connection with this defect, but no injuries. When the recall begins, dealers will update the powertrain control module software and replace the lead frame.
Other Safety Issues
This Ford recall includes 2014-2015 Explorer SUVs with rear-suspension toe links that may not be welded properly. The automaker has reported at least one accident and one injury related to this problem. About 75,364 cars, including Police Interceptor models, are included in this recall.
About 2,288 F-Series Super Duty trucks are included in this action for a faulty conveyor that may have damaged the tire sidewalls, causing the tire to rupture while the vehicle is in motion. So far, no accidents or injuries have been reported with these vehicles. Also, about 200 older sedans and SUVs including 2007-2012 Flex, Taurus, Lincoln MKS and Mercury Sable have been recalled for defective frontal airbags that may not sufficiently protect vehicle occupants. The last recall action involves 39 new Fusion sedans (2016 model) that have driver’s-seat mounting brackets that were not properly welded.
Auto Product Liability Issues
These are all serious safety problems that could result in catastrophic injuries or even fatalities. There are several steps you can take if your vehicle has been recalled. First, go to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s (NHTSA) website at safercar.gov, enter your vehicle identification number or VIN to ensure that your vehicle has in fact been recalled. You should receive a recall notice in the mail from the automaker. Follow the instructions in the notice. Take the vehicle to the dealership where repairs should be done at no cost to you, under federal law.
If you or a loved one has been injured as the result of a defective auto, please contact an experienced auto product liability attorney who has the resources to fight these large corporations and help you secure maximum compensation for your losses.