Ford is recalling 1.48 million model year 2011-13 F-150s with 6-speed automatic transmissions.
The transmission that may experience an intermittent loss of the transmission output speed sensor signal to the powertrain control module, potentially resulting in a temporary, unintended downshift into first gear.
Depending on vehicle speed, a downshift to first gear without warning could result in a loss of vehicle control, increasing the risk of a crash.
Ford is aware of five reports of accidents, including one report of “whiplash” potentially related to this condition.
What to do
Dealers will update the powertrain control module software in the affected vehicles.
Owners may contact Ford customer service at 1-866-436-7332. The Ford reference number for this recall is 19S07.