Ford F-150 recall — a 2013 Ford F150, like one of the recalled vehicles

Ford is recalling 1.3 million 2011-2013 F-150 pickup trucks with 6-speed automatic transmissions because they may unexpectedly downshift into first gear while the vehicle is in motion. That could cause a loss of vehicle control and increase the risk of a crash.

Ford says it is aware of five crashes and one injury that may be related to the problem. 

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The Details

Vehicles recalled: Certain 2011-13 Ford F-150 trucks manufactured at Ford’s Dearborn, Mich., assembly plant from April 28, 2010, through Oct. 28, 2013, and at its Kansas City, Mo., assembly plant from May 18, 2010, through Nov. 18, 2013.

The problem: A speed sensor may temporarily stop communicating with other parts of the truck’s powertrain. As a result, the truck may shift into first gear and the rear wheels may lock up. This recall is related to an earlier recall from 2016 that included 2011-2012 Ford F-150 trucks, 2012 Ford Mustang coupes and convertibles, and 2012 Ford Expedition and Lincoln Navigator SUVs.

The fix: Dealers will provide a no-cost software update.

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

NHTSA campaign number: NHTSA has yet to release a number for this recall. Ford’s own number for this F-150 recall is 19S07.