Ford Issues Safety Recall Over Transmission Issue

In early April 2022, Ford announced a safety recall impacting several F-150 pickup trucks. These vehicles may suffer from defective transmissions that could randomly shift into neutral while moving, increasing the risk of collision. So far, Ford has not reported any crashes or injuries associated with this transmission issue, but the company is urging affected consumers to schedule a visit to their local dealership to obtain the necessary transmission software update.

Understanding the Underlying Transmission Issue

The issue stems from a defect in the transmission software. This error can cause the truck to mistakenly sense that the transmission fluid pressure has fallen below sufficient levels, prompting the vehicle to shift into neutral. While this shift into neutral is useful when the transmission fluid pressure is actually too low, the faulty sensor is causing vehicles to shift into neutral for no legitimate reason. Should this occur when the truck is in motion, the driver may experience an increased risk of a crash.

Vehicles Affected by This Safety Recall

So far, the transmission safety recall affects certain 2021 Ford F-150 pickup trucks manufactured between July 28, 2021, and December 20, 2021. Vehicles with 3.5L, 2.7L, and 5.0L engines that do not have Auto Start-Stop technology fall under this safety recall. Over 47,000 Ford F-150 pickup trucks are affected by this recall, all of which have a transmission with an internal code of 10R80.

Next Steps for Ford F-150 Customers

Ford announced that it will start contacting customers impacted by this recall on May 2, 2022. Once a customer has received a recall notice, they should schedule an appointment at their local dealer to obtain the recommended transmission software update at no cost. Until then, those who drive a 2021 Ford F-150 truck should recognize this potential issue and exercise caution when traveling at high speeds.


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