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Ford Recalls F-150 Pickups and Expedition SUVs for Transmission Issue

The vehicles could change gears unexpectedly, which could lead to unintended movement

Ford Motor Company is recalling an estimated 350,000 2018 F-150 and 2018 Expedition vehicles with 10-speed automatic transmissions as well as 2018 F-650 and F-750 vehicles with six-speed automatic transmissions because a clip that locks the gear shift cable may not be fully seated.

If a clip that locks this cable to the transmission gets dislodged, the transmission could shift into a different gear, which could result in unintended vehicle movement.

Ford explains: “This could allow the driver to move the shifter to Park and remove the ignition key, while the transmission gear may not be in Park, with no instrument panel warning message or warning chime when the driver’s door is opened that indicates the vehicle is not secured in Park. If the parking brake is not applied, this could result in unintended vehicle movement, increasing the risk of injury or crash.”

Over time, this scenario may allow the transmission to be in a different gear state from the shift position selected by the driver.

A possible consequence is that a driver may move the shifter to “park” and remove the ignition key, but the transmission may not actually be in park, which could potentially result in unintended vehicle rollaway, which increases the risk of an injury or crash.

Ford is aware of one reported accident and injury related to this condition.

To fix the problem, dealers will inspect and verify that the shift cable locking clip was properly installed. If the clip is not properly seated, technicians will adjust the shifter cable and secure the locking clip at no cost to the customer.

Affected vehicles include:

  • 2018 Ford F-150 vehicles built at Dearborn Assembly Plant, Jan. 5, 2017 to Feb. 16, 2018
  • 2018 Ford F-150 vehicles built at Kansas City Assembly Plant, Jan. 25, 2017 to Feb. 16, 2018
  • 2018 Ford Expedition vehicles built at Kentucky Truck Plant, April 3, 2017 to Jan. 30, 2018
  • 2018 Ford F-650 and F-750 vehicles built at Ohio Assembly Plant, April 25, 2017 to March 9, 2018

The recall involves vehicles in North America, with 292,909 in the United States and federalized territories, 51,742 in Canada and 2,774 in Mexico. Ford’s reference number for this recall is 18S10.

How to contact the manufacturer: Contact Ford at 866-436-7332.

NHTSA campaign number: There is not yet a campaign number from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration for this recall. Ford’s reference number is 18S10.

Check to see whether your vehicle has an open recall: Plug in the 17-digit vehicle identification number at the NHTSA website. The Safety Issues & Recalls page will tell you whether your vehicle has any open recalls that need to be addressed.

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