Ford F-150 Recall: Unintended Downshifting Causes Crashes

Updated on: 3/25/2019

ford f-150 recallFord has issued a recall for its best-selling F-150 pickup trucks after several accidents were caused by unintended downshifting. 

Ford Motor Co. has recalled about 1.48 million F-150s in North America for trucks from model year 2011-13. 

According to Ford, the F-150s with six-speed automatic transmission may experience "an intermittent loss of the transmission output speed sensor signal to the powertrain control module, potentially resulting in a temporary, unintended downshift into first gear."

Ford says that a sudden downshift into first gear without warning could result in a loss of control. Ford says it is aware of at least five accidents, including one resulting in “whiplash.”

The affected F-150s were built at the Dearborn Assembly Plant from April 2010 through October 2013. Other affected trucks were built at the Kansas City Assembly Plant from May 2019 through November 2013. Dealers will update the powertrain control module software in the affected vehicles. The Ford reference number for this recall is 19s07.

Other F-150 Recalls

The recent recall affecting F-150s is not the first to plague Ford’s most popular truck. 

In 2018, Ford recalled 2 million F-150 Regular Cab and SuperCrew Cab trucks after discovering a fault with the seat belt pretensioner, the mechanism that tightens seat belt slack in an accident. 

Also in 2018, Ford recalled many F-150 models because of a transmission issue that could have resulted in the vehicle rolling away after being parked. 

Auto Defect/Recall Lawsuits

A basic part of an auto defect case boils down to the following: what makes a car part defective?

Essentially, a defective auto product fails to execute the task it was designed for. There are basically no limits as to why an auto part can become defective, including:

  • A defective design that makes them prone to breaking
  • A poor design that makes them fail during assembly
  • An auto part is poorly built or manufactured

In an auto defect lawsuit, the vehicle is the most important piece of evidence. And in order to prove one of these claims against the manufacturer, your attorney must prove that: 

  • The auto part was defective
  • The defective part caused the accident and injuries
  • That you suffered harm as a direct result of the auto defect

If you or a loved one has been seriously injured due to a defective automobile or car part, contact Davis Law Group at (206) 727-4000 for a case review or to schedule a free legal consultation.

Chris Davis
Attorney Chris Davis is the founder of Seattle-based Davis Law Group, P.S.
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