Transmission shifts, door latches, and blank instrument panels — oh my!

Ford Motor Company issued three separate recalls on Wednesday impacting nearly two million cars, trucks, and SUVs, each with their own issues.

1.5 million of those vehicles are the company's popular F-150 pick up truck, specifically 2011 through 2013 models with six speed automatic transmissions. The issue with these vehicles is "an intermittent loss of the transmission output speed sensor signal to the powertrain control module." That probably means nothing to you, but the issue it causes will. You see, the malfunction, according to Ford, could result "in a temporary, unintended downshift into first gear." The company goes on to say, "depending on vehicle speed, a downshift to first gear without warning could result in a loss of vehicle control, increasing the risk of a crash."

The vehicles affected "were built at Dearborn Assembly Plant, April 28, 2010 to Oct. 28, 2013, and Kansas City Assembly Plant, May 18, 2010 to Nov. 18, 2013."

The second recall covers certain 2017 to 2019 Lincoln Continental models whose door latches may not work properly, meaning the door won't lock and could result in the door opening while driving. The affected vehicles "were built at Flat Rock Assembly Plant, Nov. 30, 2015 to Nov. 14, 2018."

Finally, the third recall on the list applies to select 2019 Ford Mustang, Lincoln Nautilus and Lincoln Navigator vehicles whose instrument panels may be blank when you start the vehicle. The vehicles affected by this recall are listed below.

  • 2019 Ford Mustang vehicles built at Flat Rock Assembly Plant, Nov. 5, 2018 to Jan. 15, 2019
  • 2019 Lincoln Nautilus vehicles built at Oakville Assembly Plant, Nov. 6, 2018 to Dec. 21, 2018
  • 2019 Lincoln Navigator vehicles built at Kentucky Truck Plant, Nov. 4, 2018 to Dec. 15, 2018

According to Eyewitness News, Ford will be notifying vehicle owners of the recalls by letter on March 4th with instructions on how to have the issues repaired.

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