Ford F-150 Recall
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Ford is recalling 107,850 of its 2013 F-150 pickup trucks to fix faulty software that was installed as part of an earlier recall. That recall was meant to fix transmissions that were shifting into first gear unexpectedly, the automaker says, but it did not.

Depending on how fast the truck is going, Ford says, an abrupt transmission shift into first gear without a warning could result in loss of vehicle control, increasing the risk of a crash.

The action affects only 2013 F-150 pickup trucks that have a 5.0-liter or 6.2-liter engine with a six-speed automatic transmission, Ford says.

The software installed in the previous recall did not have the updates necessary to prevent an unintended shift into first gear, or to make sure that a warning light would illuminate if there was a problem, Ford says.

The automaker said it is not aware of any reports of accidents or injuries related to this problem.

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Depending on how fast the truck is going, Ford says, an abrupt transmission shift into first gear without a warning could result in loss of vehicle control, increasing the risk of a crash.

The action affects only 2013 F-150 pickup trucks that have a 5.0-liter or 6.2-liter engine with a six-speed automatic transmission, Ford says.

The software installed in the previous recall did not have the updates necessary to prevent an unintended shift into first gear, or to make sure that a warning light would illuminate if there was a problem, Ford says.

The automaker said it is not aware of any reports of accidents or injuries related to this problem.

The Details

Vehicles affected: 107,580 of the 2013 F-150 pickup trucks that have a 5.0-liter or 6.2-liter engine with a six-speed automatic transmission. They were built at Ford’s Dearborn, Mich., assembly plant from May 7, 2012, through Oct. 27, 2013, and the automaker’s Kansas City, Mo., assembly plant from April 18, 2012, through Nov. 18, 2013.

The problem: An earlier software update did not fix a problem where the transmission could unexpectedly shift into first gear.

The fix: Dealers will update the software at no charge to owners. The Ford reference number for this recall is 19S19.

How to contact the manufacturer: Owners may call Ford customer service at 866-436-7332.

NHTSA campaign number: There is no campaign number yet for the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

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