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Ford recalls 350,000 trucks for possible false gear shifts

You can take the truck into a Ford dealer to get it fixed for free.

Ford announced Friday that it's issued recalls on nearly 350,000 F-150s due to the possibility of gear shift malfunctions. 

"Ford is issuing a safety recall in North America for approximately 350,000 2018 Ford F-150 and 2018 Ford Expedition vehicles with 10-speed automatic transmissions as well as 2018 Ford F-650 and F-750 vehicles with 6-speed automatic transmissions for a potentially unseated transmission gear shift cable clip."

So what does an "unseated transmission gear shift cable slip" result in?

Well for starters, it can allow the transmission to be in a different gear than what the driver thinks its in, increasing the risk of a crash and injury. 

Ford says it has been informed of one accident with an injury related to the problem. 


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Normally, a chime will alert the driver that the vehicle isn't in park when they open their door. That doesn't happen if these trucks malfunction, so the driver could think they're parked only to have their F-150 keep moving.

Here are the affected vehicles: 

  • 2018 Ford F-150 vehicles built at Dearborn Assembly Plant, Jan. 5, 2017 to Feb. 16, 2018
  • 2018 Ford F-150 vehicles built at Kansas City Assembly Plant, Jan. 25, 2017 to Feb. 16, 2018
  • 2018 Ford Expedition vehicles built at Kentucky Truck Plant, April 3, 2017 to Jan. 30, 2018
  • 2018 Ford F-650 and F-750 vehicles built at Ohio Assembly Plant, April 25, 2017 to March 9, 2018

Owners are encouraged to take their truck to a Ford dealership where they'll address the issue for free. 

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