We tested two versions of the Ford F-150 pickup: one with the new 5.0-liter V8 and the other with an EcoBoost turbocharged V6. Performance numbers for the two engines were nearly identical overall, but we liked the V8's sound better than the more high-tech V6's. Both of our trucks got the same fuel economy -- 15 mpg overall, which was then strong for the class.
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Reliability

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Owner Reported Trouble Spots

The Reliability score is based on our latest subscriber survey of 2012 Ford F-150 owners. The owner comments describe problems respondents experienced with this vehicle.

Brakes

Antilock system (ABS), parking brake, master cylinder, calipers, rotors, pulsation or vibration, squeaking, brake failure or wear.

What Owners Say

Antilock system (ABS)

"ABS failed on icy highway so instead of braking straight, the truck did a 180 degree spin in the middle of the highway; no warning light indicated the ABS was not working"

Randall E., BC (2012 Ford F-150 XLT 5.0-L V8)

"Wheel sender went out"

Michael Z., IN (2012 Ford F-150 XL 3.5-L V6 turbo)
Calipers

"The calipers froze up and damaged the rotors. The work and parts were still covered under warranty"

Marcella W., ID (2012 Ford F-150 XLT 3.5-L V6 turbo)

"normal wear"

Anonymous, BC (2012 Ford F-150 STX 5.0-L V8)
Master cylinder

"The vacuum booster pump and related parts had to be replaced after it stopped functioning"

Anonymous, PA (2012 Ford F-150 XLT 3.5-L V6 turbo)

"One side froze and ruined the caliper and rotor"

Jim J., CA (2012 Ford F-150 XLT 5.0-L V8)

"needed to fix"

Anonymous, NY (2012 Ford F-150 FX2 Unsure)

"right rear parking brake seized up and a new lever had to be installed (rusted so not under SecuriDrive warranty; also, the sliding rear window had to replaced in its entirety ($1500 for parts alone)"

Randall E., BC (2012 Ford F-150 XLT 5.0-L V8)

"Parking brake light doesn't always go out when the brake is released"

Anonymous, BC (2012 Ford F-150 Lariat 3.5-L V6 turbo)

"parking brake fails to release fully"

Robert S., VA (2012 Ford F-150 FX4 5.0-L V8)

"It broke and had to be completely replaced!"

Andrew D., CO (2012 Ford F-150 XLT 3.5-L V6 turbo)

"parking brake will not go off unless the brake pedal is pulled up"

Anonymous, VA (2012 Ford F-150 STX 5.0-L V8)

"Brake pad were incorrectly installed at dealer - they were installed backwards!"

Anonymous, OH (2012 Ford F-150 FX4 5.0-L V8)

"2 sets of front rotor failures resulting in pulsation and vibration when stopping from high or moderate speed. replaced under warranty. require 3rd replacement now, will not use Ford for repair, instead buying aftermarket rotors and installing myself"

Robert S., VA (2012 Ford F-150 FX4 5.0-L V8)

"needed new rotors at 50000 miles"

Anonymous, PA (2012 Ford F-150 XL 3.5-L V6 turbo)

"36000 miles and the rotors were warped on all 4 wheels. dealer also replaced pads that were worn out"

Anonymous, TN (2012 Ford F-150 XLT 3.5-L V6 turbo)

"2017 We needed complete set of rotors and pads for premature rusting. Again we live near salt water and the roads get well salted in winter. We were also told that the truck needs to be run more as it sits idle for days at at time"

Anonymous, NS (2012 Ford F-150 Unsure 3.7-L V6)

"warped rotor, noisy brake booster"

Curts C., NY (2012 Ford F-150 Lariat 3.5-L V6 turbo)

"Worn twice"

Anonymous, NY (2012 Ford F-150 FX2 Unsure)
Squeaking

"Breaks speak. Truck has been in shop 3 times. Mechanics can't find the cause or stop the squeaking"

Anonymous, LA (2012 Ford F-150 Lariat 3.5-L V6 turbo)

Climate System

Blower (fan) motor, A/C compressor, condenser, evaporator, heater system, automatic climate control, refrigerant leakage, electrical failure.

What Owners Say

Automatic climate control

"Control that switches air from heat to cool"

Dennis M., NC (2012 Ford F-150 Harley-Davidson 6.2-L V8)

"Dual climate control. Switch that vents to the passenger side stopped working this winter in Florida"

Arnold L., IL (2012 Ford F-150 FX4 3.5-L V6 turbo)

"Bad sensor"

Anonymous, LA (2012 Ford F-150 Lariat 5.0-L V8)

"Air door control postioning"

Don B., AB (2012 Ford F-150 Platinum 6.2-L V8)
Blower (fan) motor

"The AC would cut off when put on "Max AC" or "Auto." The blower speed controller had to be replaced"

Anonymous, TX (2012 Ford F-150 Lariat 3.5-L V6 turbo)

"Fan stops occasionally when a/c is on"

Anonymous, AZ (2012 Ford F-150 Lariat 5.0-L V8)
Evaporator

"unit did not blow cold air--had to replace evaporator coil"

Anonymous, TX (2012 Ford F-150 Lariat 5.0-L V8)
Heater system

"The passenger side automatically controlled damper failed"

Theresa J., PA (2012 Ford F-150 Lariat 3.5-L V6 turbo)

"That time is during the winter when I have the heater on and the vehicle has already warmed up it blows cold air when I am sitting idle at a red light. It is not until I resume speed and get the RPMs back up that the heat starts blowing again. This is not great when commuting in traffic and sitting at a light for a couple of minutes when it's minus 30 Celsius outside. I have not had this looked at so not sure what it is"

Anonymous, MB (2012 Ford F-150 XLT 5.0-L V8)
Refrigerant leaks

"Radiator leak plus all belts"

Anonymous, NV (2012 Ford F-150 FX4 5.0-L V8)

Engine Major

Engine rebuild or replacement, cylinder head, head gasket, turbo or supercharger, timing chain or timing belt.

What Owners Say

Engine rebuild or replacement

"Factory defect. #6 cylinder loss compression"

Ken L., TX (2012 Ford F-150 FX2 5.0-L V8)
Timing belt or chain

"Was thankful to have purchased an extended warranty as this item would have been very expensive to replace"

Kristen R., WI (2012 Ford F-150 Lariat 3.5-L V6 turbo)

"timing chains out of clearance"

Ken C., MN (2012 Ford F-150 XLT 3.5-L V6 turbo)

"Truck made loud mechanical noise at cold start. The timing chain had to be replaced as well as the tensioners"

Vern R., IN (2012 Ford F-150 Platinum 3.5-L V6 turbo)
Turbo or supercharger

"60000 miles turbo had to be replaced under warranty"

Anonymous, OH (2012 Ford F-150 Lariat 3.5-L V6 turbo)

"Intake taking in water during rain and rapid acceleration. No recall but design defect and ford won't repair it. The engine will stall and there is a service bulletin about it. Major safety issue.....no support. $560 to "repair""

Pat L., MI (2012 Ford F-150 FX4 3.5-L V6 turbo)

"Turbocharger bearings failed, caused exhaust system to overheat. Had to replace turbocharger and all exhaust system parts beginning with exhaust manifold and stopping just before catalytic converter"

Vern R., IN (2012 Ford F-150 Platinum 3.5-L V6 turbo)

"Replaced under warranty"

Anonymous, CO (2012 Ford F-150 FX4 3.5-L V6 turbo)

Fuel System

Check engine light, sensors (includes O2 or oxygen sensor), emission control devices (includes EGR), engine computer, engine computer, fuel cap, fuel gauge/sender, fuel injection system, fuel pump, fuel leaks, stalling or hesitation.

What Owners Say

Emission control devices (includes EGR)

"EVAP Purge Valve stuck in the open position causing fuel tank to collapse. Caught the issue right away which prevented permanent damage. Was easy to diagnose and repair"

Edmond V., FL (2012 Ford F-150 XLT 3.7-L V6)

"The control devices were covered under warranty but it took me 3 trips to the dealer for them to finally get it right"

Marcella W., ID (2012 Ford F-150 XLT 3.5-L V6 turbo)
Fuel gauge/sender

"the gauge shows less gas than it has. Have tried to fix problem new sender etc to know avail"

Anonymous, WA (2012 Ford F-150 SVT Raptor 6.2-L V8)

"O2 sensor caused the engine to run very rich and used more fuel"

Anonymous, OR (2012 Ford F-150 XLT 5.0-L V8)

"Check Engine light"

Jessica G., VA (2012 Ford F-150 FX4 6.2-L V8)

"Had multiple sensors fail causing the engine light to come on and prevent passing inspection"

Jay W., TX (2012 Ford F-150 XLT 3.5-L V6 turbo)

"Dealer replaced sensor at no cost. Vehicle was certified"

Thomas H., OH (2012 Ford F-150 Lariat 3.5-L V6 turbo)

"The emission evaporator purge valve was bad. It was intermittent and took them a week to figure out which one of the sensors was bad"

Anonymous, LA (2012 Ford F-150 XLT 3.7-L V6)

Paint/Trim

Paint (fading, chalking, cracking, or peeling), loose interior and exterior trim or moldings, rust.

What Owners Say

"seat adjuster housing trim broken loose about a year ago"

Anonymous, NY (2012 Ford F-150 Lariat 5.0-L V8)
Paint (fading, chalking, cracking, or peeling)

"Poorly design rear bumper stick out too far and get sandblasted from the rear tires even with factory splash gaurds"

Dean S., ON (2012 Ford F-150 Lariat 3.5-L V6 turbo)

"Areas on the truck were repainted under warranty the first time and then we were required to pay $700 on the second reprinting. Not impressed with Ford service with regards to our issues"

Anonymous, BC (2012 Ford F-150 Platinum Unsure)

"Because of the paint bubbles and peeling rust became an issue"

Anonymous, BC (2012 Ford F-150 Platinum Unsure)

"Chrome on one running board blistered"

Anonymous, BC (2012 Ford F-150 Lariat 3.5-L V6 turbo)

"Several painted areas on the front grill and rear bumper have begun to bubble and rust. I consider this unacceptable on a truck that is less than five years old"

Josh H., NE (2012 Ford F-150 FX4 3.5-L V6 turbo)

"Front bumper rusting from inside out. Perfect paint started bubbling with large patches eventually falling out. Ford wouldn't warrantee it unless it rusted thru"

Richard G., NH (2012 Ford F-150 FX4 5.0-L V8)

"small areas of rust"

Anonymous, AB (2012 Ford F-150 Platinum Unsure)

Transmission Minor

Gear selector or linkage, leaks, transmission computer, transmission sensor or solenoid, clutch adjustment, rough shifting, slipping transmission.

What Owners Say

Coolers and lines

"At 5 yrs. and 120,000 kms. The aluminum transmission cooler lines rusted out and leaked all transmission fluid were they were fastened to body. Warranty did not cover even though the dealership agreed this should not have happened. Result is $800.00 out of my wallet"

Anonymous, ON (2012 Ford F-150 FX4 5.0-L V8)

"This problem was related to the cracked plug on the sensor cable.+"

Anonymous, IL (2012 Ford F-150 XLT 3.5-L V6 turbo)
Slipping transmission

"Transmission spline requires frequent attention, shifts roughly with noticeable clunk"

Anonymous, AZ (2012 Ford F-150 XL 3.7-L V6)
Transmission computer

"Had to spend 200 dollars for reprogramming transmission computer"

Anonymous, IL (2012 Ford F-150 Lariat 5.0-L V8)

"There was a problem with the transmission downshifting to a lower speed even at highway speeds, causing a sudden slowing of the truck. this resulted in a recall by Ford"

Anonymous, TX (2012 Ford F-150 Lariat 6.2-L V8)

"While shifting at low speeds, transmission seemed to disengage"

Anonymous, NC (2012 Ford F-150 FX4 3.5-L V6 turbo)
Transmission sensor or solenoid

"same issue as the computer"

Anonymous, TX (2012 Ford F-150 Lariat 6.2-L V8)

"My automatic transmission would sometimes shift from 1st gear to 3rd gear for no apparent reason. My first visit to the shop, it worked just fine and they could not find anything but several months later it started getting worse and I took it in and they found a broken plug on a sensor cable that allowed water to get in and cause the problem. Even though the warrantee was out, they fixed it for free"

Anonymous, IL (2012 Ford F-150 XLT 3.5-L V6 turbo)

Body Integrity

Squeaks, rattles, wind noises, loose or cracked seals and/or weather-stripping, air and water leaks.

What Owners Say

Air or water leaks

"Whenever I take the truck through a car wash, water is either leaking near sunroof or front windshield. Dealer says he fixed the problem, but evidently not"

Anonymous, SD (2012 Ford F-150 Platinum 3.5-L V6 turbo)

"The third taillight has been replaced three times due to leaking into the truck cabin"

Jack J., OR (2012 Ford F-150 Platinum 3.5-L V6 turbo)

"Driver's side of rear window. Apparently pretty much every last F150 made from the late nineties on through today end up with the back window letting in water. Poor seal design, and Ford absolutely refuses to fix them. They are, quite simply, incompetent"

Richard L., KY (2012 Ford F-150 XLT 3.5-L V6 turbo)

"Water leaked from drain-hose connection to top of driver side front window pillar on inside of cab"

Richard S., AB (2012 Ford F-150 Lariat 5.0-L V8)

"Water leak around door driver side"

Francis S., MD (2012 Ford F-150 XLT 3.5-L V6 turbo)
Squeaks or rattles

"Rattle in the rear driver side door"

Anonymous, NY (2012 Ford F-150 XLT 3.5-L V6 turbo)
Wind noise

"The wind noise gets louder and is very annoying"

Jimmie D., AL (2012 Ford F-150 XLT 5.0-L V8)

"I have looked at the seals... . The wind noise seems to be getting worse. Can hardly use the Bluetooth phone system at Highway speeds"

C M., TX (2012 Ford F-150 FX4 5.0-L V8)

Drive System

Driveshaft or axle, CV joint, differential, transfer case, 4WD/AWD components, driveline vibration, traction control, electronic stability control (ESC), electrical failure.

What Owners Say

Driveline vibration

"Kept feeling "slack" in the drive train when taking off from or coming to a dead stop. Returned to dealer multiple times and they performed repairs per service bulletins but the problem recurred until I had the differential failure"

Walter H., MD (2012 Ford F-150 XLT 3.7-L V6)

"Front vibrates even though have had new tires. Dealer said it was tires....tire people said it was the front end"

Anonymous, TN (2012 Ford F-150 FX2 3.7-L V6)
Electrical failure

"With 4 yrs. and 96,000 kms. On truck computer failed and left me stranded. Truck towed to closet dealership. After 1-1/2 days they told me I needed new computer, not covered under warranty. Result was me out of pocket over $1000.00"

Anonymous, ON (2012 Ford F-150 FX4 5.0-L V8)
4WD/AWD components

"4WD would not disengage"

Anonymous, LA (2012 Ford F-150 Lariat 3.5-L V6 turbo)

"Initially experienced looseness in the drive train multiple times, then had a bearing failure and major components (pinion gear, etc.) had to be replaced. Was repaired under warranty"

Walter H., MD (2012 Ford F-150 XLT 3.7-L V6)

"Pulsing with wheel spin"

Joseph K., MO (2012 Ford F-150 Lariat Limited 3.5-L V6 turbo)

"Same, wheel sensor went out, left front"

Michael Z., IN (2012 Ford F-150 XL 3.5-L V6 turbo)

"Occasionally the service advancetrac alarm goes off and then my traction control indicator light comes on and often my signal light will no longer stay on. Some dealership mechanic told me this had to do with a steering column position indicator fault that is very expensive to fix not worth it. This problem usually clears itself the same day and then I don't have any trouble for a week some. Just glitchy and annoying"

Anonymous, MB (2012 Ford F-150 XLT 5.0-L V8)

Power Equipment

Cruise control, clock, warning lights, body control module, keyless entry, wiper motor or washer, tire pressure monitor, interior or exterior lights, horn, gauges, 12V power plug, remote engine start, alarm or security system

What Owners Say

Electronic ignition

"Cool went bad"

Anonymous, GA (2012 Ford F-150 FX2 3.5-L V6 turbo)
Spark plugs or wires failure

"started to run bad shaking and rought"

Anonymous, IL (2012 Ford F-150 Lariat 3.5-L V6 turbo)

"Multiple spark plug and coil failures resulting in significant lose of acceleration"

Anonymous, WI (2012 Ford F-150 Platinum 3.5-L V6 turbo)

"Plug became loose, failed to work properly, caused truck to run rough and overheat. Ford dealer repaired problem, at a high cost"

Anonymous, CA (2012 Ford F-150 XLT 3.5-L V6 turbo)

"replaced plugs as regular maintenance. Hasn't run well since and dealer has not been cooperative"

Jon D., CT (2012 Ford F-150 Lariat 5.0-L V8)

"Ford told me the spark plugs were failing and so were the wires. This was at like 75,000...the plugs were supposed to be good for 100,000 miles...seems like a rip off. Ford said if it did not "code" then it is not warranty or smog related. It cost $900 to fix"

Anonymous, CA (2012 Ford F-150 Lariat 3.5-L V6 turbo)

"Spark plugs, plug wires and boots had to be replaced. Engine was running rough and getting reduced gas mileage. This was disappointing since plugs on this vehicle was supposed to last 100000 miles before changing. This was and ECO Boost engine"

Anonymous, OH (2012 Ford F-150 XLT 3.5-L V6 turbo)

In-car Electronics

CD or DVD players, radio, speakers, GPS, communication system (e.g., OnStar), display screen freezes or goes blank, phone pairing (e.g. Bluetooth), voice control commands, steering wheel controls, portable music device interface (e.g., iPod/MP3 player), backup or other camera/sensors.

What Owners Say

Backup or other camera/sensors

"Camera would simply not work"

Jasper R., FL (2012 Ford F-150 Lariat 5.0-L V8)

"The backup camera has stopped functioning"

James L., TN (2012 Ford F-150 King Ranch 5.0-L V8)

"Display stopped working"

Craig W., TN (2012 Ford F-150 XLT 3.7-L V6)

"When we first purchased it new the nav and sound system would just go blank. It hasn't happened for a while"

Kathleen V., WA (2012 Ford F-150 FX4 3.7-L V6)
External music device interface (e.g., smart phone, MP3 player)

"Unable to connect a smart phone"

Jasper R., FL (2012 Ford F-150 Lariat 5.0-L V8)
Steering wheel controls

"Turn signals worked intermittently, media controls would change station or mode when I turned the steering wheel"

Anonymous, OR (2012 Ford F-150 FX4 3.5-L V6 turbo)

Electric System

Alternator, starter, hybrid battery and related systems, regular battery, battery cables, engine harness, coil, ignition switch, electronic ignition, distributor or rotor failure, spark plugs and wires failure.

What Owners Say

Body control module

"Console warning light control module needs replacement. requires removal of front dashboard"

Anonymous, AZ (2012 Ford F-150 XL 3.7-L V6)

"Tail light needed to be re-seated"

Anonymous, TX (2012 Ford F-150 XLT 5.0-L V8)
Remote engine starter

"Remote start was closest choice. Actually the electronics to the starter it self. When colder than zero F, turn key, but - not crank or start. Not a battery issue. An electronic issue. Towed to dealer. No codes. Could not duplicate. Same issue four winters in a row"

Anonymous, AK (2012 Ford F-150 Lariat 3.5-L V6 turbo)
Tire pressure monitor

"Sensor failed. Not mentioned in the survey was backup sensors failed for the 4th time"

Dean S., ON (2012 Ford F-150 Lariat 3.5-L V6 turbo)

"Check engine light went on. Auto parts store read the code and it indicated low voltage on O2 sensor on converter. Called dealer and he said we usually just delete that code. Did nothing and the problem has not reoccurred"

Arnold L., IL (2012 Ford F-150 FX4 3.5-L V6 turbo)
Wiper motor or washer

"Washer motor went bad. Replaced under extended warrenty"

Anonymous, TX (2012 Ford F-150 XLT 5.0-L V8)

Body Hardware

Power or manual windows, locks and latches, tailgate, hatch or trunk, doors or sliding doors, mirrors, seat controls, safety belts, sunroof, convertible top.

What Owners Say

"Go to activate heated seats and they cool instead"

Anonymous, WI (2012 Ford F-150 Platinum 3.5-L V6 turbo)
Locks and latches

"This is one of the easiest door lock systems to defeat with a small screwdriver. My door lock was popped, along with 48 other fords in the same parking lot during a weekend. Police state that Ford's door lock is targeted by criminals in the area because they are so easy to pop...Replacement was almost $1100.00 with no improvements. I just do not have a way to open if the battery goes dead"

C M., TX (2012 Ford F-150 FX4 5.0-L V8)

"The door on the drivers side that covers the gas cap does not close properly. I need to give it an extra push to keep it closed"

Anonymous, WI (2012 Ford F-150 XLT 3.5-L V6 turbo)
Sunroof

"Became disengaged from track in operation. Will now make loud grinding noise and not operate with push button"

Jason K., AZ (2012 Ford F-150 Lariat 3.5-L V6 turbo)
Windows

"Rear slider doesn't operate"

Richard G., NH (2012 Ford F-150 FX4 5.0-L V8)

Engine Minor

Accessory belts and pulleys, engine computer, engine mounts, engine knock or ping, oil leaks.

What Owners Say

Engine computer

"Replaced the PCM twice within 12 months. Kept throwing a check engine light but systems were within specs but Ford determined only way to solve problem was to completely replace PCM"

Kristen R., WI (2012 Ford F-150 Lariat 3.5-L V6 turbo)

"Computer had to be reprogramed twice along with changes to the intercooler to avoid engine stall out on hard acceleration in wet weather"

Anonymous, PA (2012 Ford F-150 XL 3.5-L V6 turbo)

"Had to replace the turbo sensor"

Anonymous, CA (2012 Ford F-150 Platinum 3.5-L V6 turbo)

"Engine would cut out under load, leaving the vehicle severely under powered"

Anonymous, CA (2012 Ford F-150 Lariat 3.5-L V6 turbo)
Fuel leaks

"Fuel is getting into the oil"

Anonymous, AB (2012 Ford F-150 XLT 3.5-L V6 turbo)

Suspension

Shocks or struts, ball joints, tie rods, wheel bearings, alignment, steering linkage (includes rack and pinion), power steering (pumps and hoses, leaks), wheel balance, springs or torsion bars, bushings, electronic or air suspension.

What Owners Say

Alignment

"Out of alignment, I had them realignment and correct the towin"

Anonymous, FL (2012 Ford F-150 XLT 5.0-L V8)
Shocks or struts

"right side front leaked replaced both front struts"

Anonymous, WA (2012 Ford F-150 XLT 5.0-L V8)

"Linkage makes a loud metal bang when turning and going over bump at the same time"

Larry B., TX (2012 Ford F-150 Lariat 3.5-L V6 turbo)

"Electric Steering Rack had to much play mechanically. Was replaced"

Anonymous, MA (2012 Ford F-150 XLT 5.0-L V8)

Exhaust

Muffler, pipes, catalytic converter, exhaust manifold, leaks.

What Owners Say

"Had to replace at 20000 miles. Computer said something was wrong"

Anonymous, MI (2012 Ford F-150 Lariat 3.5-L V6 turbo)

"MESSAGE TO REPLACE"

Anonymous, GA (2012 Ford F-150 Lariat 3.5-L V6 turbo)

"It had to do with a temp setting in the exhaust manifold. Cost me about $250. Had the same problem with it about a year earlier"

Anonymous, WI (2012 Ford F-150 XLT 3.5-L V6 turbo)

Engine Cooling

Radiator, cooling fan, antifreeze leaks, water pump, thermostat, overheating.

What Owners Say

Water pump

"Went out at 61000 miles"

Anonymous, IL (2012 Ford F-150 Lariat 5.0-L V8)

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Recalls
PROVIDED BY
POWER TRAIN:AUTOMATIC TRANSMISSION
Feb 11 2019
Unexpectedly downshifting into first gear may result in a loss of vehicle control, increasing the risk of a crash.
Summary:
Ford Motor Company (Ford) is recalling certain 2011-2013 F-150 vehicles equipped with a 6-speed automatic transmission. The transmission may unexpectedly downshift into first gear, regardless of vehicle speed.
What should you do:
Ford will notify owners, and dealers will reprogram the powertrain control module, free of charge. The recall began March 4, 2019. Owners may contact Ford customer service at 1-866-436-7332. Ford's number for this recall is 19S07.
For more information:
Owners may also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), or go to www.safercar.gov.
NHTSA CAMPAIGN ID Number: 19V075000
Potential Number of Units Affected: 1263051
POWER TRAIN:AUTOMATIC TRANSMISSION
Apr 27 2016
An unexpected downshift into first gear can cause the vehicle to slow down suddenly without warning and the rear tires may slide or lock, increasing the risk of a crash.
Summary:
Ford Motor Company (Ford) is recalling certain model year 2011-2012 Ford F-150 trucks, 2012 Ford Expedition, Lincoln Navigator, and Ford Mustang vehicles. The affected vehicles are equipped with an automatic transmission that may unexpectedly downshift to first gear, regardless of vehicle speed.
What should you do:
Ford will notify owners, and dealers will reprogram the powertrain control module with updated software, free of charge. The recall began on September 19, 2016. Owners may contact Ford customer service at 1-866-436-7332. Ford's number for this recall is 16S19.
For more information:
Owners may also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), or go to www.safercar.gov.
NHTSA CAMPAIGN ID Number: 16V248000
Potential Number of Units Affected: 153581
POWER TRAIN:AUTOMATIC TRANSMISSION:CONTROL MODULE (TCM, PCM)
May 03 2012
IF THIS CONDITION EXISTS, THE TRANSMISSION MAY NOT GO INTO REVERSE OR WHEN THE DRIVER PUSHES THE SHIFT LEVER IN THE REVERSE ¿R¿ POSITION AND THE VEHICLE¿S TRANSMISSION DOES GO IN REVERSE, THE ¿R¿ MAY NOT ILLUMINATE ON THE DASHBOARD OF THE F-150, EXPEDITION, OR NAVIGATOR MODELS AND/OR THE BACKUP LAMP ON THE REAR OF THE F-150, EXPEDITION, NAVIGATOR, OR MUSTANG VEHICLES MAY NOT ILLUMINATE. THESE CONDITIONS INCREASE THE RISK OF A CRASH OR A PEDESTRIAN BEING STRUCK DUE TO THE VEHICLE¿S NOT SIGNALING IT IS IN REVERSE.
Summary:
FORD IS RECALLING CERTAIN MODEL YEAR 2011-2012 FORD F-150, 2012 EXPEDITION AND LINCOLN NAVIGATOR, AND 2012-2013 MUSTANG VEHICLES, FOR FAILING TO COMPLY WITH THE REQUIREMENTS OF FEDERAL MOTOR VEHICLE SAFETY STANDARD NOS. 102, "TRANSMISSION SHIFT LEVER SEQUENCE, STARTER INTERLOCK, AND TRANSMISSION BRAKING EFFECT" AND 108 ¿LAMPS, REFLECTIVE DEVICES AND ASSOCIATED EQUIPMENT.¿ THESE VEHICLES MAY HAVE A TRANSMISSION RANGE SENSOR (TRS) THAT WAS CALIBRATED OUT OF SPECIFICATION FOR REVERSE GEAR.
What should you do:
FORD WILL NOTIFY OWNERS, AND DEALERS WILL INSPECT AND REPLACE THE TRS AS NECESSARY, FREE OF CHARGE. THE SAFETY RECALL BEGAN ON JUNE 11, 2012. OWNERS MAY CONTACT FORD MOTOR COMPANY CUSTOMER RELATIONSHIP CENTER AT 1-866-436-7332.
For more information:
FORD'S RECALL CAMPAIGN NUMBER IS 12C23.CUSTOMERS MAY CONTACT THE NATIONAL HIGHWAY TRAFFIC SAFETY ADMINISTRATION'S VEHICLE SAFETY HOTLINE AT 1-888-327-4236 (TTY: 1-800-424-9153); OR GO TO HTTP://WWW.SAFERCAR.GOV.
NHTSA CAMPAIGN ID Number: 12V190000
Potential Number of Units Affected: 10500
AIR BAGS:FRONTAL:SENSOR/CONTROL MODULE
May 03 2012
A FAILURE TO DEPLOY, FAILURE TO DEPLOY AS INTENDED, OR A DEPLOYMENT WHEN NOT INTENDED, INCREASES THE RISK OF INJURY TO THE PASSENGER SIDE SEAT OCCUPANT.
Summary:
FORD IS RECALLING CERTAIN MODEL YEAR 2012 F-150 VEHICLES MANUFACTURED FROM NOVEMBER 6, 2011, THROUGH NOVEMBER 15, 2011. INCORRECT SOFTWARE FOR THE OCCUPANT CLASSIFICATION SYSTEM MODULE (OCSM) WAS INSTALLED ON THE VEHICLES EITHER AT THE TIME OF MANUFACTURING OR DURING THE COURSE OF REPLACEMENT OF THE MODULE AS PART OF A SERVICE REPAIR. UNDER CERTAIN DRIVING CONDITIONS, THE OCSM MAY MISCLASSIFY THE PASSENGER SEAT¿S OCCUPANT SUCH THAT THE PASSENGER SIDE AIRBAG DOES NOT DEPLOY WHEN IT SHOULD, DOES NOT DEPLOY AS INTENDED, OR DEPLOYS WHEN IT SHOULD NOT.
What should you do:
FORD WILL NOTIFY OWNERS, AND DEALERS WILL REPLACE THE OCSM FREE OF CHARGE. THE SAFETY RECALL BEGAN ON MAY 21, 2012. OWNERS MAY CONTACT THE FORD MOTOR COMPANY CUSTOMER RELATIONSHIP CENTER AT 1-866-436-7332.
For more information:
FORD'S SAFETY RECALL CAMPAIGN NUMBER IS 12S31.CUSTOMERS MAY CONTACT THE NATIONAL HIGHWAY TRAFFIC SAFETY ADMINISTRATION'S VEHICLE SAFETY HOTLINE AT 1-888-327-4236 (TTY: 1-800-424-9153); OR GO TO HTTP://WWW.SAFERCAR.GOV.
NHTSA CAMPAIGN ID Number: 12V198000
Potential Number of Units Affected: 101
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