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Ford recalls 350,000 vehicles over transmission woes

Two recalls affect F-Series, Expedition, Mustang and Lincoln Navigator

<strong>LOSER &ndash; Ford &ndash; </strong>As was the case with Chrysler, Ford's sales gains in January &ndash; just 0.4% &ndash; lagged the industry average and as a result the company's market share fell by a full half-percent. That was enough for Chrysler to push the 2014 best-seller down to second place for the month, making it a double Loser.

Ford is recalling approximately 350,000 vehicles (mostly F-Series trucks and platform derivatives) to address a couple transmission issues.

The larger of the two recalls involves 347,425 vehicles from model year 2018 (292,909 in the U.S. and federalized territories, 51,742 in Canada and 2,774 in Mexico), made up of F-150 pickups, Expedition sport-utes, and F-650 and F-750 medium duty trucks.

Affected vehicles have an unseated gear shift cable clip (the clip that locks the cable to the transmission) in their 6-speed or 10-speed automatic transmissions. Over time, the loose or dislodged clip may have the transmission in a gear different from the one selected by the driver, so that if the driver puts the transmission in Park and removes the ignition key, the transmission may actually be in a different gear, without alerting the driver (visually or audibly) to the problem. This might allow the vehicle to roll away, if the parking brake isn’t applied, increasing the risk of damage or injury. Ford is aware of one incident, with injury, arising from the issue.

Owners are asked to return their vehicles to a Ford dealership, where they will be inspected to make sure the shift cable locking clip is properly installed, and if it isn’t the shift cable will be adjusted and the locking clip secured.

A smaller recall of just 161 vehicles (2017-18 F-150, 2018 Mustang and 2018 Lincoln Navigator) is being initiated to address a missing transmission roll pin (the pin that prevents the transmission output shaft from turning, and subsequently the vehicle’s wheels) in the 10-speed automatic co-developed with General Motors.

As with the other transmission issue, the vehicle could roll away when the driver shifts the transmission into Park and removes the ignition without setting the parking brake. Normally, such a condition would trigger a warning (visual or audible) to alert the driver that the vehicle isn’t actually in Park, but that does not happen in this case. Ford is not aware of any incidents arising from the issue.

Dealer will inspect the transmission to ascertain whether the park-pawl rod guide cup roll pin is missing, and install one, if it is.

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