Ford Motor Company (NYSE:F) has issued two safety recalls and all of them are in North America.
The first recall will involve around 350,000 2018 and 2018 Ford Expedition vehicles which have 10-speed automatic transmissions plus the 2018 Ford F-650 and F-750 vehicles which have six-speed automatic transmissions. The vehicles are being recalled because of a potentially unseated transmission gear shift cable clip.
On a number of the vehicles that have been affected, a clip which locks the gear shift cable to the transmission is not fully seated. With time, this may cause the transmission to be in a gear state which is very different from the gear shift position that is selected by the driver.
Consequently, the driver may move the shifter to park and unplug the ignition key, but the transmission gear may not be in park. If the driver does not applying the parking brake, it can result in unintended and uncontrolled vehicle movement hence increasing the risk of crash or injury or crash. The company says already one incident related to this has been reported.
Some the vehicles that have been affected are:
- The 2018 Ford F-150 vehicles, which were manufactured at Dearborn Assembly Plant between Jan. 5, 2017 and Feb. 16, 2018
- the 2018 Ford F-150 vehicles, which were manufactured at Kansas City Assembly Plant between Jan. 25, 2017 and Feb. 16, 2018
- The 2018 Ford Expedition vehicles, which were manufactured at Kentucky Truck Plant between April 3, 2017 to Jan. 30, 2018
- The 2018 Ford F-650 and F-750 vehicles, which were manufactured at Ohio Assembly Plant between April 25, 2017 to March 9, 2018
The recall will affect around 347,425 vehicles in North America. 292,909 are from the US and its federalized territories, while 51,742 and 2,774 in Mexico.
The dealers will be inspecting and verifying that the cable locking clip was well installed. In the event that the clip is not well seated, the technicians will secure the locking clip and the shifter cable. All this will be done at no cost at all.