A 2020 Ford F-150 that's included in the Ford F-150 and Ranger truck recall.

Owners of new Ford F-150 and Ranger trucks might need to bring their cars in for a recall repair. The dashboard display could say that the vehicle is in Park even if it’s in Reverse, Neutral, or Drive. If this happens and a driver takes their foot off the brake or exits the car, there’s a risk their vehicle could roll away.

In these recalled vehicles, a part within the shifter assembly may have been improperly installed, and would allow the shifter to move into a position that's different from the one that’s displayed on the dashboard, according to documents Ford filed with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

If this problem occurs, drivers may notice a warning on the dashboard display or a warning chime. In addition, the vehicle may not start. Only vehicles with 10-speed automatic transmissions are included in the recall.

Ford says it is not aware of any crashes or injuries related to this issue. Ford dealers will check affected vehicles to ensure that the part has been properly installed, and reinstall it if necessary, free of charge.

If your vehicle has been recalled, be sure to read CR's guide to getting recall work performed during the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Details

Vehicles recalled:

• 49,844 Ford F-150 pickup trucks manufactured between Feb. 18, 2020 and Mar. 19, 2020
• 5,271 Ford Ranger pickup trucks manufactured between Feb. 28, 2020 and Mar. 18, 2020
• 43 Ford Expedition SUVs with the Police Package option manufactured between Mar. 3, 2020 and Mar. 19, 2020

The problem: Due to a change by a supplier, the clip that locks the vehicle’s shift cable to its transmission is more difficult to install on the vehicle during assembly, and may have been installed in a way that allows the clip to slip out of place. If that happens, the vehicle’s shifter may not be in the same position as is indicated on the dashboard display.

The fix: Dealers will inspect and reinstall the clip if necessary, free of charge. The recall is expected to begin on Apr. 27, 2020.

How to contact the manufacturer: Owners may contact Ford at 1-866-436-7332.

NHTSA campaign number: 20V197. Ford’s own number for this recall is 20S18.

Check to see whether your vehicle has an open recall: NHTSA’s website will tell you whether your vehicle has any open recalls that need to be addressed.

If you plug your car’s 17-digit vehicle identification number (VIN) into NHTSA’s website and this recall doesn’t appear, it means your vehicle doesn’t currently have any open recalls. Because automakers issue recalls often, and for many older vehicles, we recommend checking back regularly to see whether your vehicle has had a recall issued.

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2020 Ford Ranger — one of the vehicles recalled for a shifter issue