Ford recently announced three recalls that cover about 1.5 million Ford and Lincoln vehicles. The recall is due to an unintended downshift into first gear in F-150s and other issues. The downshift has occurred in F-150 pickups and has caused at least five accidents. The company mentioned that a downshift to first gear without warning can cause a loss of vehicle control, which can increase the odds of an accident.
The vehicles being recalled include some 2011 to 2013 Ford F-150 vehicles with six-speed automatic transmissions, 2017 to 2019 Lincoln Continentals, and some 2019 Ford Mustang, Lincoln Nautilus and Lincoln Navigator vehicles. Ford says as a result of the defect with the F-150s, it is aware of five accidents, including one in which an individual suffered whiplash.
The Lincoln Continentals were recalled because of a problem with silicon contamination in the door latch, which could cause the door to open while it’s driving. The Ford Mustang, Lincoln Nautilus, and Lincoln Navigator vehicles may have a defect which causes the instrument cluster to be blank while the video starts up. Ford is not aware of any accidents related to either of these recalls.Fortunately, Ford issued these recalls before anyone was seriously injured or killed. When a problem with a vehicle causes an accident, the vehicle’s manufacturer may be held liable for any injuries and/or property damage. If you have been harmed because of a defective vehicle, you should speak with an attorney. If you are in the Houston area, call the Houston product liability attorneys at Kennedy Hodges at 855-947-0707. You can also learn more about our firm on the firm’s Facebook page.