Ford Motor Company has issued a recall for 2011 models of its popular F-150 pickup, as well as 2012 vehicles from the F-250, F-350, F-450, and F-550 lines. The recall centers around a problem with the brake shift interlock switch, which could increase the risk of a crash.
In a nutshell, the flaw may allow owners of the recalled vehicles to shift out of park without depressing the brake pedal. In certain circumstances, drivers could accidentally slip their trucks into gear, which might result in a collision with another vehicle or object, or a pedestrian.
According to a bulletin from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, the problem affects F-150s built between September 9 and September 22, 2011, and 2012 F-Series heavy-duty models manufactured from September 12 to September 22, 2011. In all, 16,091 vehicles are subject to recall.
Ford says the recall will officially begin by next Monday, December 19. At that time, owners will be able to take their vehicles to a local Ford dealer, who will inspect the problematic switch and replace it free of charge, if necessary.
If you believe you own one of the affected vehicles and have questions in the meantime, we encourage you to contact Ford's Customer Relationship Center at 866-436-7332. Alternately, you can contact the NHTSA at 888-327-4236 and reference recall #11V582000.