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The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has announced a recall of several recent Ford models due to a defective transmission sensor. Some 10,000 vehicles are affected, including some 2011 and 2012 F-150 pickups, 2012 Expedition and Lincoln Navigator models, and 2012-2013 Ford Mustang vehicles.

Problem vehicles will experience one of several issues with their automatic transmissions, including the transmission not shifting into reverse when the gearshift lever is moved to the "R" position, the "R" lamp on the dashboard not illuminating, and the backup lamps not working. A faulty transmission range sensor is the culprit.

Ford says the recall campaign will start on June 25, with owners being notified by the automaker. Ford can also be reached at 1-866-436-7332.

Scroll down to read the full recall report.
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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
Summary:
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.
Consequence:
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.
Remedy:
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.
Notes:
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.


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      Sgt Beavis
      • 2 Years Ago
      Just curious here; did Ford every figure out what was causing the grinding gear issue on the 2011 Mustang GT's with the manual tranny?
      50 AKA Ferrari
      • 2 Years Ago
      Where are all those Ford Fanboys that hate the Camaro.... that recall is a PROBLEM!!!!!!!!!! GOOOOOOOO GM!
        jtav2002
        • 2 Years Ago
        @50 AKA Ferrari
        And youre a GM fanboy who hates the Mustang. The Camaro hasnt been without problems. Stop talking, you will sound more intelligent.
      That Guy
      • 2 Years Ago
      Ford actually admitting something was faulty? No way!!! Now, if only they will recall and fix the faulty EgoBoost boondoggle: http://www.blueovalforums.com/forums/index.php?/topic/49606-f-150-ecoboost-shutter/ http://www.f150forum.com/f38/2011-2012-55-mph-vibration-shudder-issue-information-database-137932/index11/#post1532438
      Mike
      • 2 Years Ago
      That's why you buy a manual! :)
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Mike
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        Griffilicious
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Mike
        The Chinese-sourced manuals in the Mustangs had WAY worse issues. I don't know if they've fixed the issue yet or not.
          Griffilicious
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Griffilicious
          @chugokuotaku Yes, its made in Nanchang, China. @merlot066 Read around, way worse issues than weather-related hiccups. Check this article: http://jalopnik.com/5792482/faulty-chinese+built-transmissions-plague-new-ford-mustang Hopefully that won't plague the most recent iteration of Mustangs, though. I know Ford did a lot on individual instances to please customers, so maybe the 2013's will be fixed.
          That Guy
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Griffilicious
          "Well there was no actual issue in the first place, it was just hard to get into gear in very cold conditions, just like any manual transmission." Yep...there's the deny, deny, deny attitude that Ford shares with their blind cheerleaders. God forbid they take some responsibility for their mediocre and problem plagued appliances.
          chugokuotaku
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Griffilicious
          I think they use Getrag MT82 for this generation. You sure it's MIC?
          merlot066
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Griffilicious
          "According to Inside Line, Ford identified several possible issues that could have contributed to difficulty shifting, including cold transmission fluid, clutch stay-out at high engine speeds, gear clash and loosening clutch plate bolts in early production vehicles. Ford has since replaced those fasteners with new hardware currently used in production." "the majority of the gear shift issues were due to the transmission not being up to operating temperature while driving and that the problems sorted themselves out after the drivetrain warmed up" Ford thought that it could have possibly been a problem with fasteners used on early production models and they issued a TSB and replaced them on cars that were having a problem. The NHTSA didn't find the problems to be a safety concern so there was no need to issue a recall but Ford issued a TSB so people having trouble could have their cars taken care of. How is that not taking responsibility?
          merlot066
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Griffilicious
          Well there was no actual issue in the first place, it was just hard to get into gear in very cold conditions, just like any manual transmission. The Accord MT had more complaints of poor cold weather shifting than the Mustang.
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Griffilicious
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          Mike
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Griffilicious
          So far so good in my 2013 Boss, only 500 miles though.
      protovici
      • 2 Years Ago
      Here come the trolls! Have owned a 2011 GT and a 2012 GT both sticks as well as no issues with both!! Also, the GM camaro boys still cant keep up lol
        • 2 Years Ago
        @protovici
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      Michael Sexton
      • 2 Years Ago
      Wheres all that Ford quality the GM haters are always pushing on people? Just kidding guys,don't blow up your keyboards.Every company has issues. The more electronics the more bugs they have. I don't see it getting any better. The future is bright... until the the electronics fail...LOL
      IBx27
      • 2 Years Ago
      The solution is to buy a manual.
        Papi L-Gee
        • 2 Years Ago
        @IBx27
        Except only one of the vehicles named in the recall (Mustang) comes with a manual.
      Walt
      • 2 Years Ago
      Here's the scenario: You buy a domestic vehicle and a problem arises. Domestic automakers log the problem in their nationwide computerized service systems and look for patterns. When a recurring problem is spotted, a recall is issued for a relatively small number of vehicles that are only a year or two old. Compare that with the buyer of an Asian vehicle. Same scenario as above, right down to the internal computerized service system yet Asian recalls are often for hundreds of thousands of vehicles that are several years old. You can't tell me that the problem couldn't have been spotted and corrected early on. I repeat my call for a nationwide system outside of automaker control that logs all service visits and checks for recurring problems. That's the only way I can think of to stop Asian foot dragging on handling recalls. Bravo Ford. A problem is identified early, the recall is issued for a small number of vehicles and the consumer is protected. This is how is needs to be for EVERY manufacturer!
        Bruce Lee
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Walt
        Right, just like how Ford recalled those cruise control modules so rapidly, taking only over a decade to recall them all. Please quit kidding yourself.
      BG
      • 2 Years Ago
      Lincoln Navigator? Someone still buys these things? And they don't feel embarrassed and are willing to be seen in public?
        SKG
        • 2 Years Ago
        @BG
        Embarrassed??? That is probably one of the most, if not the most, expensive Ford/Lincoln stock vehicles. It is the most luxurious full sized SUV on the market. What does the public see you out with big guy?
      Arturo Rios Jr.
      • 2 Years Ago
      I am still getting a 5.0 a manual that is.
      • 2 Years Ago
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