Ford Motor Co. recently issued a recall for more than 1 million F-150 pickups and thousands of Lincoln Continentals. About 1.48 million F-150 trucks are being recalled due to a possible transmission issue that could cause an accident. The Lincoln Continental recall includes over 25,000 sedans that have a door-latch defect.
Are F-150 and Lincoln Continental Vehicle Owners at Risk of an Accident?
Ford has selected the 2011-2013 F-150 models with six-speed automatic transmissions to be recalled. These specific models have been found to experience an “unintended downshift into first gear without warning,” according to an article by Reuters. This faulty shift issue could result in a loss of steering control, and it can cause the vehicle to slow down suddenly with no warning. This would cause the rear tires of the vehicles to lock up, which could increase the risk of a crash. Ford is currently aware of five accidents, one of which included a report of severe whiplash.
A similar downshift problem occurred in 2016, which resulted in a Ford recall for over 150,000 U.S. 2011-2012 Ford F-150, Lincoln Navigator and Ford Expedition vehicles.
Ford is also issuing a recall for Lincoln Continental vehicles with door latches that are not closing properly. This is due to the “buildup of silicon contamination that could result in the door opening while driving.” Ford is not aware of any accidents or injuries resulting from this issue.
The auto defect attorneys at Eisenberg, Rothweiler, Winkler, Eisenberg & Jeck, P.C. want to alert the public to any recalls that could lead to injuries or death. Our law firm has represented auto defect victims. You may contact us if a vehicle defect harmed you or a loved one. Contact our office at 215-774-3230 for more information.