At the request of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, Ford Motor Company has issued a voluntary recall for an estimated 10,500 of various models of its automobiles from model years 2011 to 2013 due to an auto part that does not comply with federal safety regulations. Model year 2012 Expeditions and Lincoln Navigators, model year 2011 and 2012 F-150s, and model year 2012-2013 Ford Mustangs may have been equipped with inaccurately calibrated transmission range sensors that do not meet the federal guidelines for reverse gear and lamps, reflective devices and associated equipment, and transmission shift lever sequence, starter interlock, and transmission braking effect. If a vehicle’s transmission range sensor has not been properly calibrated, the transmission may not shift into reverse when the shift lever is set in the reverse position. In Expeditions, Lincoln Navigators, and F-150s, the dashboard lamp indicating the shifter has been moved into the reverse position may not light up when the vehicle is in reverse gear, and in Mustangs, Navigators, and Expedition the backup lamp may not become illuminated to signify the vehicle is currently reversing, increasing the danger that these automobiles becoming involved in a collision with a pedestrian or automobile.
As a personal injury attorney in Burlingame, I am hopeful that this recall is carried out in time to prevent anyone else from becoming injured in an accident caused by this potential malfunction. If you or someone you love has been hurt in an accident linked to a malfunctioning car please consider contacting a Burlingame auto accident lawyer.