Ford Motor Company has issued a recall for the F150, Mustang, and Expedition, as well as the Lincoln Navigator. Specifically, the recall affects the following models and model years:
- 2012 Ford Expedition
- 2011 - 12 Ford F-150
- 2012 - 13 Ford Mustang
- 2012 Lincoln Navigator
According to a bulletin from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, these Ford and Lincoln vehicles may suffer from a faulty transmission range sensor that was improperly calibrated for the reverse gear.
What that means is that occasionally, it may be difficult or impossible to put those vehicles into reverse. And when those vehicles do go into reverse, different things may go wrong.
In the Expedition, F-150, and Navigator, for example, the "R" may not illuminate on the dashboard, indicating that the vehicle is in gear. That could result in some confusion and frustration on the part of drivers.
But far worse is the fact that on all four vehicles, the backup lamps may fail to illuminate when they're in reverse. That means that pedestrians may not be able to tell that a vehicle is backing up, increasing the risk of an accident.
In all, some 10,500 vehicles are included in the recall.
Ford says that it will begin sending out notices of the recall by June 25. At that time, owners will be able to take their vehicles to a Ford dealer, who will inspect and replace the transmission range sensor as necessary, free of charge.
If you have additional questions, we encourage you to contact Ford at 866-436-7332 and ask about recall 12C23. Alternately, you can ring NHTSA at 888-327-4236 and inquire about campaign #12V190000.