1.5M Ford pickups can downshift without warning

Ford announces three recalls, one of which covers 1.5 million pickup trucks

Ford announced Wednesday that it had issued three recalls, one of which alone affects 1.48 million pickup trucks.

The defect is present on some 2011 models of the truck with six-speed automatic transmission that can experience "a temporary, unintended downshift into first gear" because of a sensor problems.

Consumers reported five accidents related to the problem, Ford said in a news release. The company said affected vehicles could temporarily shift into first gear while driving, potentially causing drivers to lose control of their vehicles or crash.

Owners of the affected vehicles are advised to contact their dealer to have the powertrain control module software updated.

'This action affects approximately 1.48 million vehicles in North America, including approximately 1.26 million in the USA and federalized territories and approximately 221,000 in Canada, ' Ford wrote in the statement.

Ford's F-Series pickup is the top-selling vehicle in the US.

Select 2017-19 Lincoln Continental vehicles are under recall for a door latch concern. Certain vehicles may have an intermittently functioning door latch motor due to the buildup of silicon contamination; as a result, the door latch may not fully engage.

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Ford said it was not aware of any reports of accidents or injuries.

According to News4Jax sister station WDIV in Detroit, Ford has issued two other recalls affecting just over 31,000 vehicles.

Ford is not aware of any reports of accidents or injuries resulting from this condition.

In December 2017, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration opened an investigation into whether that recall should be expanded by almost 1.4 million 2011-2013 vehicles after 123 complaints and two crashes but no reported injuries.

Ford is issuing a flurry of recalls over safety issues. Dealers will remove and replace the door latches.

This action affects approximately 4,200 vehicles in the United States and federalized territories and approximately 150 in Canada. The instrument panel software will be updated.

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