2011-2013 Ford F-150, Ford Expedition, Ford Mustang, Lincoln Navigator
The Problem: The transmission range sensor on the affected vehicles may not indicate that reverse gear has been engaged, neither lighting up the “R” in the gauge cluster nor illuminating the reverse lights. Whether or not the internal and exterior lights illuminate, setting the shifter in “R” will cause the vehicle to go into reverse. The F-150, Expedition, Navigator, and Mustang all use a six-speed automatic transmission. If the vehicle doesn’t indicate that it is in reverse, it could lead to a collision or a pedestrian being struck.
The Fix: Starting on or around June 25, 2012, Ford will contact owners regarding the recall and have dealers inspect – and replace if necessary – the transmission range sensor. Customers can contact Ford regarding recall number 12C23 at 1-866-436-7332.
Number of Vehicles Affected: Approximately 10,500 vehicles are being recalled: certain 2011-2012 Ford F-150s built at the Dearborn Truck Plant from October 13, 2011 through February 27, 2012; certain 2012 Ford Expeditions and Lincoln Navigators built from October 19, 2011 through December 17, 2011 at the Kentucky Truck Assembly Plant; and certain 2012-2013 Ford Mustangs built it Ford’s Automotive Alliance Plant in Flat Rock, Michigan from October 17, 2011 through January 9, 2012.
1998-2003 Ford Windstar
The Problem: Almost 60,000 Ford Windstar minivans are being recalled for a susceptibility to corrosion on the rear axle, which could lead to cracking and fracturing of the rear axle and corrosion-related fracturing of the front lower control arm attaching brackets and body mounts. Corrosion and/or breaking of the rear axle can lead to a loss in vehicle control while a separation of the lower control arms can cause a loss of steering control, both of which can increase the likelihood of a crash.
The Fix: Ford will begin notifying owners on or around June 18, 2012 regarding both recalls. Dealers will then inspect the rear axle and either install real axle reinforcement or replace the rear axle altogether; dealers will also inspect the both front lower control arm rear subframe and make the necessary repairs. Both the axle and control arm fixes will be completed free of charge. Owners can contact Ford at 1-866-436-7332 regarding recall number 10S13 for the rear axles (for Virginia residents) or 12S13 (for Puerto Rico residents), and recall number 11S16 for the front control arms.
Number of Vehicles Affected: A total of approximately 59,400 1998-2003 Ford Windstar minivans. Regarding the rear axle recall, there are 27,000 vans that are currently registered in or were originally registered in Virginia, 9400 Windstars currently registered or originally sold in Puerto Rico. For the control arm recall, there are some 23,000 minivans currently or originally registered in Virginia being recalled.
2012 Ram 1500
The Problem: Certain 2012 Ram 1500 trucks are being recalled for being equipped with an incorrectly-sized spare tire. If the tires were installed on the truck, it can potentially activate the electronic stability control system, alter the effectiveness of the system, and possibly lead to a crash.
The Fix: Chrysler will begin notifying owners this month; owners can contact Chrysler at 1-800-853-1403 regarding recall number M14. Dealers will inspect the spare tires and repair vehicles as necessary for no charge.
Number of Vehicles Affected: 129 2012 Ram 1500 trucks built at the Warren Truck Assembly from January 5 to January 6, 2012.