Ford recalls 1.5 mn F-150 pickups

Ford announces three recalls, one of which covers 1.5 million pickup trucks

Ford recalls nearly 1.5 million pickup trucks that can downshift without warning

Ford is recalling almost 1.5 million pickup trucks in North America because the transmissions can suddenly downshift into first gear. Ford is aware of five accidents, including one report of whiplash potentially related to the issue.

The agency said an unexpected downshift "can cause the vehicle to slow down suddenly and without warning".

Owners of the affected vehicles are advised to contact their dealer to have the powertrain control module software updated.

The recall affects 1.26 million vehicles in the United States and federalized territories and approximately 221,000 in Canada. Ford spokeswoman Monique Brentley said the root cause was different than in the new recall.

Trucks in this recall were built in Dearborn from April 28, 2010 through October 28, 2013 or Kansas City from May 18, 2010 through November 18, 2013. This condition could increase the potential for the door to open while driving, increasing the risk of injury.

Ford said it was not aware of any reports of accidents or injuries.

Finally, Ford also issued a safety compliance recall on certain 2019 Ford Mustangs, Lincoln Nautiuses and Lincoln Navigators, as some drivers have reported that the instrument panels on the auto could be blank on starting.

Dealers will remove and replace the door latch assemblies in all four doors of the affected vehicles.

The third recall, folding in the 2019 Ford Mustang, Lincoln Nautilus, and Lincoln Navigator vehicles, is the smallest, affecting just 4,200 vehicles.

The Mustangs were built at Flat Rock from November 5, 2018 through January 15, 2019. The company says the "instrument panel cluster assemblies"-digital dashboards-in those cars could be blank when the vehicle is started". The instrument panel software will be updated. The recall reference number is 19C03.

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