Ford recalled 153,000 vehicles in 2016 due to a problem with their automatic transmissions, which could unexpectedly shift into first gear causing drivers to lose control. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) is taking a closer look at the problem and may expand the number of recalled vehicles by another 1.4 million.
Initially, the recall included select Ford F-150s, Ford Expeditions, Ford Mustangs, and Lincoln Navigators from the 2011 and 2012 model years only. Owners of these vehicles were notified of the problem and instructed to take their vehicles in for service so Ford could repair the problem.
Now, NHTSA is taking a second look at the issue. It’s trying to figure out if an additional 1.4 million vehicles from the 2011-2013 model years should also be recalled.
The reason for the continued interest is the number of complaints still being filed by owners. There are owners who weren’t a part of the original recall and owners who took their vehicles in for repair, but say the repairs Ford made didn’t take care of the issue.
Ford is cooperating with NHTSA in the investigation and no final announcement has been made on whether or not the additional vehicles will be recalled. If they do extend the recall, then expect a notice in the mail if you happen to own one of the affected vehicles.
If you don’t want to wait for a postcard in the mail, or if you think you have a vehicle that was a part of the original recall, but wasn’t repaired, don’t worry. You can easily check and see if there are any outstanding recalls on your Ford by entering the VIN on their lookup page.
Regardless of which brand of car you drive, you can always head to the NHTSA website, enter your VIN, and see if there are any outstanding recalls on your car. Despite automakers doing their best to send out notifications, it an be hard to notify everyone.
If you’re driving a used car that’s changed hands several times, it’s especially important to check NHTSA periodically to ensure there are no outstanding recalls on your vehicle. The automaker may still have a prior owner on file and not even realize the car has a new owner.
Take it into your own hands to keep up on vehicle recalls to make sure the car you’re driving is safe for the road.