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Ford Motor Company issued five recalls today, with most affected vehicles being Ford-model trucks and SUVs. Combined, the recalls affect roughly 285,000 vehicles in the U.S., Canada, and Mexico.
If you believe that you own one of the vehicles listed below, we encourage you to call Ford Customer Service at 800-392-3673 or Lincoln Customer Service at 800-521-4140 for additional details. Recall notices will be sent to owners of affected vehicles by mail.
RECALL #1: 2011-2012 Ford F-150, 2012 Ford Expedition, Ford Mustang, and Lincoln Navigator
UNITS AFFECTED: 201,900, including 184,000 in the U.S. and 17,900 in Canada
This recall stems from a transmission problem--specifically, an issue with the output speed sensor on the transmission's lead frame. The underlying problem appears rooted in the software associated with the powertrain control module, which could cause vehicles to downshift suddenly. According to Ford:
"Under certain conditions, the transmission controls could force a temporary downshift into first gear. Depending on the speed of the vehicle at the time of the downshift, the driver could experience an abrupt speed reduction that could cause the rear tires to slide or lock up. This condition could result in loss of vehicle control, increasing the risk of a crash."
Three accidents have been potentially linked to the problem, but no injuries.
Ford says that dealers will inspect the powertrain control module and upgrade the software if there are no diagnostic trouble codes found. The upgrade will prevent the vehicles from downshifting into first gear if a fault with the output speed sensor takes place. Ford also says that it will replace the lead frame on vehicles that have logged fewer than 150,000 miles.
The recall is limited to vehicles equipped with 6R80 transmissions that were manufactured on the following dates:
2011-2012 Ford F-150 vehicles built at Dearborn Assembly Plant and Kansas City Assembly Plant between August...
IN GERMANY! The American-made Ford Mustang beat out German's own top sellers, albeit only by a hair. The Auti TT sold 708 units, and Porsche 911 sold 752 unites, but the Pony had 780 units sold this month.
Both the GT and the Ecoboost are more expensive than the TT, but delivers 435 and 310 (respectively) HP to the TT's 220.
The 991 outprices the Stang by about double, which makes the Mustang more accessible.
This is just one month, and all three vehicles have been in a tight battle since the start of the year. We have yet to see where this trend is heading.