Ford Recalls 200,000 Vehicles for Transmission Fault

Ford has recalled more than 200,000 Ford F-150 pickups, Expedition and Lincoln Navigator and Mustang sports cars in the U.S. to correct a flaw in the transmission's electronics that could cause it to downshift into first gear; if this happens at speed, the rear tires could lock up and put the truck into a skid.

The source of the flaw is faulty software for a speed sensor; the problem has caused three crashes but no injuries. Dealers will inspect the sensor, and if no fault codes are present they will update the transmission's software. If the car's computer has triggered a code, the dealer will replace the speed sensor. This recall affects vehicles from the 2011 and 2012 model years.

A second Ford recall affects 2014 and 2015 Ford Explorer SUVs. In this case, more than 75,000 cars may have improperly-welded rear suspension toe links that can break; Ford knows of at least one accident and one injury related to this problem. Dealers will replace both rear toe links and align the suspension.

Another F-series recall covers Super Duty trucks whose tires may been damaged by a conveyor during assembly and could rupture. Dealers will inspect the tires on nearly 2,300 trucks for damage and replace them where necessary.

In nearly 200 Flex, Taurus, Lincoln MKS and Mercury Sable models from 2007 through 2012, the propellant responsible for the second stage of the driver's airbag deployment (used for more severe crashes) may be missing. Ford will replace the driver's side airbags in these cars, but wants you to know this recall is not related to the massive Takata airbag scandal.

Finally, 39 versions of the 2016 Fusion have improperly-welded seat tracks, which Ford will replace.

While Ford has officially announced these recalls, neither the U.S. NHTSA nor Transport Canada have issued formal recalls of their own; when they do, we'll update this article to let you know how many of the affected vehicles are in Canada.

Other recent recalls include one from Kia, for its K900 luxury sedan. In 45 cars sold as 2015 and 2016 models, a faulty headlight switch could cause the headlights to turn off while driving. Dealers will replace the switch with one of an improved design.

Finally, 46,500 Nissan Rogue crossovers sold between 2014 and 2016 have tailgate stays that could break, causing the tailgate to fall suddenly. Nissan dealers will replace both tailgate stays.

Sudden downshift could cause loss of control. 4/28/2016 10:32:20 AM