Ford Motor Co. (NYSE: F) on Friday announced a recall of about 350,000 2018 model year F-150 pickups and Expedition sport utility vehicles to repair a problem with the 10-speed automatic transmission. Also included in the recall are F-650 and F-750 vehicles with six-speed automatic transmissions.
The affected vehicles were sold in the United States (292,909 units), Canada (51,742) and Mexico (2,774). The F-150 pickups were assembled between January 2017 and February 2018 at the Dearborn and Kansas City plants. The Expeditions were assembled between April 2017 and January 2018 in Kentucky, and the F-650s and F-750s were assembled in Ohio.
Ford said it is aware of one accident and injury related to this recall.
Here’s Ford’s description of the problem:
On some of the affected vehicles, a clip that locks the gear shift cable to the transmission may not be fully seated. Over time, a partially seated clip or a clip that becomes dislodged may allow the transmission to be in a gear state different from the gear shift position selected by the driver.
This could allow the driver to move the shifter to park and remove the ignition key, while the transmission gear may not be in park, with no instrument panel warning message or warning chime when the driver’s door is opened that indicates the vehicle is not secured in park. If the parking brake is not applied, this could result in unintended vehicle movement, increasing the risk of injury or crash.
In a separate action, Ford is recalling approximately 161 F-150s, Expeditions, Mustangs and Lincoln Navigators with the 10-speed automatic transmission. The vehicles may be missing a roll pin that eventually may cause the vehicle to lose the Park function, even when the lever is in the Park position. Ford is not aware of any accidents or injuries related to this recall.
In both cases, dealers will inspect the transmission and repair the problem at no cost to customers.