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Ford Recalls 10,500 New Cars!

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On: Fri, May 11, 2012 at 9:47AM | By: Lou Ruggieri

Ford Recalls 10,500 New Cars!

This week Ford issued a recall of 10,500 select 2012-2013 Mustangs, 2012 Expeditions and Navigators, and 2011-2012 F-150s due to what they claim is a transmission range sensor that was calibrated incorrectly. Basically, this means that when the driver shifts into what he or she thinks is reverse, the car may not actually be in reverse. Or another scenario may be that when the transmission actually is shifted into reverse, the "R" on the dashboard may not light up to let the driver know the car is in gear. The last issue that may be caused by this defective sensor is that even though the car is in reverse, the reverse lights on the rear of the car may not actually light up, which could cause a whole host of issues for any adults or children that happen to be walking behind one of these cars at just the wrong moment.  

Ford is planning to notify owners beginning at the end of June, but owners may contact Ford before then at 1-866-436-7332 to schedule an appointment for a free inspect and replacement of the sensor if necessary. Read on for the full report from Safercar.gov.

Vehicle Make / Model:Model Year(s):
Ford / Expedition2012
Ford / F-1502011
Ford / F-1502012
Ford / Mustang2012-2013
Lincoln / Navigator2012
Manufacturer:Ford Motor Company
Mfr's Report Date:Apr 30, 2012
NHTSA Campaign ID Number:12V190000
NHTSA Action Number:N/A
Component:Exterior Lighting: Back Up Lights
Potential Number of Units Affected:10,500


Ford is recalling certain model year 2011-2012 Ford F-150, 2012 Expedition and Lincoln Navigator, and 2012-2013 Mustang vehicles, for failing to comply with the requirements of Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard Nos. 102, "Transmission shift lever sequence, starter interlock, and transmission braking effect" and 108 “Lamps, reflective devices and associated equipment.” These vehicles may have a transmission range sensor (TRS) that was calibrated out of specification for reverse gear.


If this condition exists, the transmission may not go into reverse or when the driver pushes the shift lever in the reverse “R” position and the vehicle’s transmission does go in reverse, the “R” may not illuminate on the dashboard of the F-150, Expedition, or Navigator models and/or the backup lamp on the rear of the F-150, Expedition, Navigator, or Mustang vehicles may not illuminate. These conditions increase the risk of a crash or a pedestrian being struck due to the vehicle’s not signaling it is in reverse.


Ford will notify owners, and dealers will inspect and replace the TRS as necessary, free of charge. The safety recall is expected to begin on or about June 25, 2012. Owners may contact Ford Motor Company Customer Relationship Center at 1-866-436-7332.


Ford's recall campaign number is 12C23. Customers may 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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