Ford F-150 and Ranger Trucks Recalled for Rollaway Risk
Owners of the new Ford F-150 and Ranger trucks might need to bring their cars in for a vehicle defect recall repair. According to Consumer Reports, the dashboard display could state that the vehicle is in “park” even if it is in “reverse,” “neutral” or “drive.” If that happens and a driver takes his or her foot off the brake or exits the car, there is a risk that the vehicle could roll away.
Why the Vehicles Were Recalled
The shifter assembly may have been improperly installed. The defected auto part would allow the shifter to move into a position that is different from the one that is displayed on the dashboard. According to documents filed by Ford with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), if this problem occurs, drivers may notice a warning on the dashboard display or warning chime. Also, the vehicle may not start. This recall only involves vehicles with a 10-speed automatic transmission.
Ford has said it is not aware of any car accidents or injuries related to this issue. When the recall begins on April 27, Ford dealers will check the vehicles to make sure the part has been properly installed and reinstall it if necessary, at no cost to consumers. This recall includes about 50,000 Ford F-150 pickup trucks made between Feb. 18 and March 19; 5,200 Ford Ranger pickup trucks made between Feb. 28 and March 18; and 43 Ford Expedition SUVs with the Police Package option made between March 3 and March 19. Those with questions may call Ford at 1-866-436-7332.
If Your Vehicle is Included
If your vehicle is included in this recall, it is crucial that you get it repaired. Under federal law, automakers are required to repair your vehicle at no cost. You may particularly feel intimidated during this time when we are all sheltering in place against the coronavirus pandemic. Call your dealership to see if they are open. If they are, ask them about the sanitizing measures they have in place.
If you don’t have to drive or are working from home for the time being, you can probably wait to get your car fixed until after lockdowns have been lifted. If you are an essential worker or need to use your vehicle for grocery-shopping or other necessary activities, make sure you repair the vehicle before you drive it. Sanitize your vehicle after you get it back from the dealership and adopt social distancing measures.
If you have been injured as the result of a defective auto, please contact an experienced auto defect attorney to obtain more information about pursuing your legal rights.