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Ford Recalls 16,000 New Trucks!

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On: Thu, Dec 22, 2011 at 2:56PM | By: Lou Ruggieri


Ford Recalls 16,000 New Trucks!

It seems "Built Ford Tough" doesn't always mean "built without flaws". Ford has issued a recall of 16,091 trucks -- some F-150 models built between September 9th through the 22nd of 2011, and then F-250, F-350, F-450, and F-550 models built between September 12th through the 22nd of 2011. For one reason or another, the F-150 models are designated as 2011 models while the rest of the group are 2012 models. Either way, the issue with these trucks lies in the transmission. It seems that the tranny can be shifted out of park without depressing the brake pedal first.

Although it is being deemed a 'theft protection' issue, the real problem is the safety issue that can arise out of a huge truck being dropped into drive by accident. Ford says they will notify dealers and owners towards the end of December, but getting that truck in sooner than later will no doubt be the safer option.

Read on for the full report from Safercar.gov ...

Vehicle Make / Model:Model Year(s):
Ford / F-1502011
Ford / F-2502012
Ford / F-3502012
Ford / F-4502012
Ford / F-5502012
Manufacturer:Ford Motor Company
Mfr's Report Date:Dec 05, 2011
NHTSA Campaign ID Number:11V582000
Component:Power Train: Automatic Transmission
Potential Number of Units Affected:16,091

Summary:

Ford is recalling certain model year 2011 F-150 vehicles manufactured from September 9, 2011, through September 22, 2011, and model year 2012 F-250, F-350, F-450 and F-550 Heavy Duty vehicles manufactured from September 12, 2011, through September 22, 2011. These vehicles fail to comply with the requirements of Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard Number 114, “theft protection.” The transmission can be shifted out of the park position without pressing the brake pedal due to brake shift interlock switch problem.

Consequence:

This will allow the operator to inadvertently shift the vehicle into gear without the brake pedal being depressed, increasing the risk of a crash or injury to a nearby pedestrian.

Remedy:

Ford will notify owners, and dealers will inspect the brake shift interlock switch function and replace the switch if necessary, free of charge. The safety recall is expected to begin on or about December 19, 2011. Owners may contact the Ford Motor Company Customer Relationship Center at 1-866-436-7332.

Notes:

Owners may also contact The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration's Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (tty 1-800-424-9153), or go to http://www.safercar.gov.


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Stephy21 | 9:30AM (Fri, Dec 23, 2011)

These recalls seem to get more serious every week.



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