Arizona residents who recently purchased a 2018 Ford Expedition SUV or F-150 pickup truck equipped with a 10-speed automatic transmission will likely be receiving recall notices. Ford has announced that 347,425 pickup trucks, SUVs and medium-duty trucks are being recalled in North America because a problem has been found with a clip that attaches the gearshift cable to the main transmission unit. The automaker is worried that the malfunction could result in rollaways as drivers may not know what gear their vehicles are in.
The problem is potentially serious because drivers generally look at their shifters to ensure that their vehicles are safely in park. However, this visual cue is no longer reliable when the gearshift cable isn't locked to the transmission. This could lead drivers to walk away from vehicles that are not properly parked. Ford dealers will check the recalled vehicles to ensure that clips securing important transmission cables are properly seated and replace any that have become loose or dislodged. Vehicle owners will not be charged for this work. Ford says that the defect has caused at least one motor vehicle accident that resulted in injury.
In addition to Expedition SUVs and F-150 pickup trucks equipped with 10-speed transmissions, Ford is recalling thousands of F-650 and F-750 medium-duty commercial trucks equipped with six-speed automatic transmissions. All of the vehicles being recalled were manufactured during the 2018 model year. Most of the vehicles affected were sold to customers in the United States, but Ford is also recalling 51,742 trucks in Canada and 2,774 in Mexico.
While car accident lawsuits are generally filed against negligent drivers or their insurance providers, experienced personal injury attorneys could also pursue litigation against car manufacturers when crashes may have been caused by known mechanical defects. Legal counsel could gather the necessary evidence to build a convincing case.