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Ford recalls 1.5 million pickups over faulty transmissions

Ford recalls 1.5 million pickups over faulty transmissions

The F-150 recall affects almost 1.5 million vehicles equipped with a six-speed automatic transmission.

This recall is related to an earlier recall from 2016 that included 2011-2012 Ford F-150 trucks, 2012 Ford Mustang coupes and convertibles, and 2012 Ford Expedition and Lincoln Navigator SUVs. The trucks have a transmission issue that "may experience an intermittent loss of the transmission output speed sensor signal to the powertrain control module", which could cause the truck to shift into first gear.

Ford said it was aware of five accidents, including one case of "whiplash".

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

Ford's F-Series pickup is the top-selling vehicle in both Canada and United States. Certain vehicles may have an intermittently functioning door latch motor due to the buildup of silicon contamination; as a result, the door latch may not fully engage. An issue with the door latch motor could potentially cause the door to malfunction and open while driving.

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Affected 2017-19 Lincoln Continental vehicles were built at Flat Rock Assembly Plant, Nov. 30, 2015 to Nov. 14, 2018.

The company said it is now unaware of any reports of accidents or injuries resulting from the condition. This recall's reference number is 19S03. The recall affects more than 28,000 vehicles in North America. Dealers will remove and replace the door latches.

According to News4Jax sister station WDIV in Detroit, Ford has issued two other recalls affecting just over 31,000 vehicles.

The glitch will be addressed via a software update that presumably prevents the transmission from shifting into first gear if the electrical fault occurs. Ford spokeswoman Monique Brentley said the root cause was different than in the new recall.