Ford is recalling over 1.5 million vehicles in North America for several issues, including automatic transmission shifts, non-latching doors and non-functioning instrument clusters.
The biggest recall affects about 1.48 million F-150 pickups, whose 6-speed automatic transmissions may unintentionally and without warning shift into first gear due to an intermittent loss of the transmission output speed sensor signal to the powertrain control module. The sudden shift into first could result in the driver losing control of the vehicle.
Ford is aware of five incidents potentially related to the issue, including one that may have resulted in a “whiplash” injury.
The recall affects about 1.48 million Ford F-150s from model years 2011 through 2013, 1.26 million of which are in the US and federalized territories, and about 221,000 are in Canada. Dealers will update the powertrain control module software.
Ford is also recalling over 28,000 Lincoln Continentals from 2017-19 to address a potential problem with door latches that may not latch. Due to the buildup or silicon contamination, the door latch motor may intermittently malfunction, resulting in a latch that may not fully engage and allow the door to come open while the car is in motion.
The company is not aware of any incidents but is asking dealers to replace the door latch assemblies on all four doors. Approximately 27,000 cars are affected in the US and federalized territories, and another 1,200 in Canada.
A third recall affects 2019 Ford Mustang, and Lincoln Nautilus and Navigator sport utilities that could start-up without the instrument clusters illuminating.
Ford says the issue is software related and will have dealers update the instrument panel cluster software. The company is not aware of any incidents related to the issue that potentially affects 4,200 vehicles in the US and federalized territories, and 150 in Canada.