Ford Motor Company, at the request of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, has announced a voluntary recall for an estimated 10,500 passenger vehicles from model years 2011 to 2013 due to a transmission component that does not comply with federal safety standards. Model year 2012-2013 Ford Mustangs, model year 2011 and 2012 F-150s, and model year 2012 Expeditions and Lincoln Navigators may have been equipped with improperly calibrated transmission range sensors that do not meet the federal specifications for reverse gear required by safety guidelines regulating lamps, reflective devices and associated equipment, and transmission shift lever sequence, starter interlock, and transmission braking effect. If a vehicle’s transmission range sensor has not been properly calibrated, the transmission may not shift into reverse when the shift lever is set in the reverse position. In F-150s, Lincoln Navigators, and Expeditions, the dashboard lamp indicating the shifter has been moved into the reverse position may not become illuminated when the vehicle is in reverse gear, and in Navigators, Mustangs, and Expedition the backup lamp may not light up to indicate the car is backing up, increasing the risk of these vehicles becoming involved in a collision with a vehicle or pedestrian.
As a San Diego car accident lawyer, I hope this recall can be completed before anyone is injured by this potential safety feature defect. If you or someone you love has been injured in an automobile accident, please consider contacting a car accident attorney in San Jose.