It seems that Ford is off to a rocky start for 2019 after the automaker issued three separate recalls in North America.
The first recall involves select 2011 – 2013 F-150 models that are equipped with a six-speed automatic gearbox. According to the company, drivers may 'experience an intermittent loss of the transmission speed sensor signal to the powertrain control module'. This could potentially result in the system temporarily shifting into first gear.
Depending on the vehicle's speed, the sudden downshift may result in the loss of vehicle control, or worse, increase the risk of a crash. Ford is aware of five accident reports, including one where there was a report of 'whiplash' as a result of the transmission's defect. Approximately 1.48 million vehicles are affected by the recall; 1.26 million vehicles in the US and other federalized territories, and 221,000 in Canada. The affected models were built at Ford's Dearborn plant from April 28, 2010 – Oct 28, 2013, and at the Kansas factory from May 18, 2010 – Nov 18, 2013.
Apart from the faulty gearbox, Ford also issued a safety recall on select 2017 – 2019 Lincoln Continentals with faulty door latches. About 27,000 vehicles are affected by this recall due to a buildup of silicon contamination on the door latch motor. Over time, the door latch may not work properly which could result in the doors not being fully closed at any given time.
As of now, Ford is unaware of any reports of accidents or injuries resulting from the door latch problem. Affected Continentals were built at the company's Flat Rock plant from Nov 30, 2015 – Nov 14, 2018.
Lastly, the company also released a safety recall on select 2019 models of the Ford Mustang, Lincoln Nautilus and Lincoln Navigator due to defective instrument clusters that may not display anything upon startup. Approximately 4,200 vehicles are part of this particular recall in the US, along with 150 units in Canada.
Affected Ford Mustangs were assembled at Flat Rock from Nov 5, 2018 – Jan 15, 2019. Meanwhile, defective units of the Nautilus were built at the Oakville factory from Nov 6, 2018 – Dec 21, 2018. Finally, affected models of the Navigator came from the Kentucky Truck plant and were built from Nov 4, 2018 – Dec 15, 2018.
Ford has already informed US dealers of the following recalls and have instructed them to replace the faulty components, free of charge.