Ford Motor Co. recalled more than 103,000 vehicles to fix a variety of defects on F-150 pickup trucks and Transit commercial vans.
The company said no crashes or injuries have been reported for the F-150 vehicles involved in the recalls announced Wednesday.
The first involved 15,000 2018 Ford F-150 vehicles equipped with a 3.3-liter engine, a six-speed transmission and a column-mounted shifter. A rapid movement of the transmission shifter from park to drive in these trucks can trigger a change in the proper gear indication in the instrument panel. This can send the transmission into reverse before moving into drive. It could also result in a brief time when the transmission is in neutral when the driver wants to put the truck into the reverse gear.
Dealers will inspect the trucks and if a problem is found they will reprogram the powertrain control module.
The company is also recalling approximately 15,000 2017 Ford F-150 pickups, equipped with 10-speed automatic transmissions over a different transmission shift lever defect.
In these trucks, the pins attaching the transmission shift linkage to the transmission may come out, preventing the driver from changing gears. If the transmission gets stuck outside of park or neutral, the truck won’t restart.
“If a vehicle cannot be shifted to park and the parking brake is not applied, unintended vehicle movement may occur, increasing the risk of a crash,” the company said.
Dealers will inspect the trucks and if they find a problem will remove the roll pin and replace it.
Ford also has a smaller recall for just 30 2018 F-150 pickups equipped with a 3.5-liter engine.
This is designed to fix cylinder heads on the engines that were made without machined holes used to allow lubrication to the camshaft-bearing journals. The lack of lubrication could cause engine failure and loss of power without warning while driving.
In a different action, Ford recalled 73,000 2015-2017 Ford Transit vans equipped with a trailer tow module. The module is prone to potential wiring corrosion and damage from water leakage.
“In affected vehicles, water intrusion into the module may result in rapid flashing of the turn signals, loss of the instrument cluster display, loss of heater and air conditioning controls and loss of multimedia, including radio, screens and SYNC,” Ford said
Wiring corrosion could also result in an electrical short, which could result in a fire. The company is aware of two reports of vehicle fires in Canada, which could be related to the defect.
If a problem is detected, dealers will add a drainage hole to the driver’s door stepwell and add a fuse into the vehicle wiring harness at no cost. Ford warned owners not to park the vans inside garages until their vehicle is fixed.