For big carmakers, recalls are just a part of business. And recalls are not necessarily tied to overall quality either. Toyota is still considered among the most reliable car brands, despite having had several high-profile recalls for “unintended acceleration”. Ford has had its fair share of recalls as well, and they can add another one to the list.
About 10,500 Ford vehicles, including the F-150, Expedition, Lincoln Navigator, and yes the Ford Mustang, have been affected by the recall.
The recall has to do with a faulty transmission sensor, which causes (among other things) the automatic transmission to not shift into reverse. The brake lamps and light illuminating the “R” on the shifter were also shown to malfunction.
If you’re up to date on your recalls, you’ll know that this isn’t the first issue having to do with the Mustang’s transmission. Last year there was concern regarding the manual transmission, with a Technical Service Bulletin being issued, and the NHTSA even getting involved. Eventually though, the investigation was dropped, and Ford was cleared.
The sensor issue, however, necessitated a full recall of 2012-13 Mustangs equipped with this transmission. While the number of Mustangs affected seems rather small, it seems like Ford is having some transmission troubles these days. The recall campaign will begin on June 25.
Report Date : May 10, 2012 at 09:46 AM
NHTSA CAMPAIGN ID Number: 12V190000
Vehicle Make / Model: Model Year(s):
FORD / EXPEDITION 2012
FORD / F-150 2011
FORD / F150 2012
FORD / MUSTANG 2012-2013
LINCOLN / NAVIGATOR 2012
Manufacturer: FORD MOTOR COMPANY Mfr’s Report Date: APR 30, 2012
NHTSA CAMPAIGN ID Number: 12V190000 NHTSA Action Number: N/A
Component: EXTERIOR LIGHTING:BACK UP LIGHTS
Potential Number of Units Affected: 10,500
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.
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.
FORD WILL NOTIFY OWNERS, AND DEALERS WILL INSPECT AND REPLACE THE TRS AS NECESSARY, FREE OF CHARGE. THE SAFETY RECALL IS EXPECTED TO BEGIN ON OR ABOUT JUNE 25, 2012. OWNERS MAY CONTACT FORD MOTOR COMPANY CUSTOMER RELATIONSHIP CENTER AT 1-866-436-7332.
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.