Ford has issued recalls on multiple vehicles to address potential safety concerns. The first recall involves about 10,500 vehicles, including certain 2011-2012 F-150 trucks, 2012-2013 Mustang cars and 2012 Expedition and Lincoln Navigator SUVs for a faulty transmission range sensor that affects reverse gear.
On the affected vehicles, a few things might happen. The transmission may not go into reverse when the shift lever is put in R, the R lamp on the dashboard may not light up or the backup lights might not work, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reports. NHTSA says that any of the aforementioned conditions increases “the risk of a crash or a pedestrian being struck due the vehicle’s not signaling it is in reverse.” Ford will notify owners and begin performing the necessary repairs free of charge on or about June 25.
The second recall involves about 23,000 Ford Windstar minivans from the 1999-2003 model years that were originally sold or are now registered in Virginia. According to NHTSA, corrosion-related fractures in front suspension attachment brackets may occur, which could potentially lead to certain components separating from the steering shaft. This would “result in significant loss of steering control, increasing the risk of a crash.” Ford will notify owners and begin making the repairs free of charge starting on or about June 18.
“Ford also is recalling 9,400 Windstars in Puerto Rico because the rear axles can crack and break under repeated heavy loads,” according to the Associated Press. This recall affects 1998-2003 Windstars, and Ford will start repairing vehicles on or about May 21.
If you own one of the affected vehicles, you can contact NHTSA at 1-888-327-4236 or visit the NHTSA website. Affected owners can also call Ford at 1-866-436-7332.
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