Ford recalls F-150; surprise downshift blamed for 'whiplash' injury

Ford announces three recalls, one of which covers 1.5 million pickup trucks

Ford announces three recalls, one of which covers 1.5 million pickup trucks

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

The Ford Motor Company announced the recall on Wednesday, saying it affects select 2011-2013 Ford F-150 pickup trucks. The trucks have a transmission issue that "may experience an intermittent loss of the transmission output speed sensor signal to the powertrain control module", which could cause the truck to shift into first gear. Ford is aware of five accidents, including one report of whiplash potentially related to the issue.

Owners will be notified by letter starting March 4.

Dealers will update the powertrain control module software in the affected vehicles.

Ford's F-Series pickup is the top-selling vehicle in the United States.

A second recall issued by ford covers 27,000 2017-2019 Lincoln Continental sedans.

Ford is not aware of any reports of accidents or injuries resulting from this condition.

According to News4Jax sister station WDIV in Detroit, Ford has issued two other recalls affecting just over 31,000 vehicles.

In December 2017, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration opened an investigation into whether that recall should be expanded by almost 1.4 million 2011-2013 vehicles after 123 complaints and two crashes but no reported injuries. This recall's reference number is 19S03. The recall reference number is 19C03. Dealers will replace the door latch assemblies in all four doors. The company says the "instrument panel cluster assemblies"-digital dashboards-in those cars could be blank when the vehicle is started".