Ford is recalling about 350,000 trucks and SUVs in the U.S., Canada and Mexico because they might be in a different gear than the one shown on the shift indicator.
The recall covers the 2018 F-150 pickup and Expedition large SUV with 10-speed automatic transmissions. Also covered are 2018 F-650 and F-750 trucks with six-speed transmissions. The F-150 is the top-selling vehicle in Canada and the U.S.
The recall affects 51,742 vehicles in Canada.
Ford says that on some vehicles, a clip that locks the gear shift cable to the transmission might come loose. The company says a driver might be able to shift into park and remove the key while the transmission is in another gear, allowing unintended movement. That can increase the risk of a crash.
Ford says it knows of one crash and one injury due to the problem.
Owners will be notified the week of April 16. Dealers will make sure the clip was installed correctly and secure it if needed.
In addition, select 2017-18 Ford F-150 and 2018 Ford Expedition, 2018 Lincoln Navigator and 2018 Ford Mustang vehicles with 10R80 transmissions are being recalled for missing transmission roll pin. There are 161 vehicles affected – 18 of them in Canada.
“If the pin is missing, with repeated use, the transmission may eventually lose park function even when the shifter and instrument panel display indicate the vehicle is in park,” according to Ford. “This condition would allow the ignition key to be removed, with no instrument panel warning message or warning chime when the driver’s door is opened that indicates the vehicle is not secured in park. If the parking brake is not applied, this could result in unintended vehicle movement, increasing the risk of injury or crash.”
Ford is unaware of any accidents or injuries due to the issue.
Dealers will inspect the transmission for a missing park pawl rod guide cup roll pin and will install the roll pin if necessary.