Ford Downshifted by F-150 Transmission Recall

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2012 Ford F-150Thank goodness for a reliable new and used car website like Where else would we find the latest major (over 100,000-units) National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) recalls, automotive news and views, and millions of listings for new and used cars, trucks, vans, and SUVs?

Don’t see your vehicle listed in a major NHTSA safety recall? Log onto the NHTSA website and enter your vehicle identification number (VIN). It’s quick and easy – and you can find out for sure if your vehicle is under a current safety recall.

The VIN can be most easily observed by standing outside the vehicle and looking through the lower left (driver’s) corner of the front windshield. The VIN has 17-characters and is stamped or etched on a small metal tab that is affixed to the dash.

NHTSA Campaign Number: 16V257000
General Motors Recall Campaign Number: 17130

2016-chevrolet-sonicVehicles Affected: Certain 2013-2016 Chevrolet Sonic and Chevrolet Trax vehicles and 2013-2015 Chevrolet Spark vehicles equipped with a Bring Your Own Media radio. Approximately 317,572 vehicles are expected for inclusion in this recall campaign.


2016-Chevrolet-Trax-front-viewThe affected radios may fail to provide an audible warning chime when the driver, after turning off the ignition and leaving the key in the cylinder, waits 10 minutes or longer to open the door. As such, these vehicles fail to comply with the requirements of Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard (FMVSS) number 114 “Theft Protection.”


Without audible indicators, the driver may leave the key in the ignition, increasing the risk of theft.


2015 Chevrolet SparkGM will notify vehicle owners with detailed instructions for contacting a qualified dealer that will update the radio software, free of charge. The manufacturer has not yet provided a notification schedule. Owners may contact Chevrolet customer service at 1-800-222-1020.

NHTSA Campaign Number: 16V248000
Ford Recall Campaign Number: 16S19

2012 Ford MustangVehicles Affected: Certain 2011-2012 Ford F-150 trucks manufactured from August 19, 2011 through March 9, 2012, 2012 Ford Expedition, Lincoln Navigator vehicles manufactured from August 19, 2011 through December 19, 2011, and 2012 Ford Mustang vehicles manufactured from August 19, 2011 through February 21, 2012. Approximately 184,000 vehicles are expected for inclusion in this recall campaign.


The affected vehicles are equipped with an automatic transmission that may unexpectedly downshift to first gear, regardless of vehicle speed.


2012 Lincoln NavigatorAn unexpected downshift into first gear can cause the vehicle to slow down suddenly without warning and the rear tires may slide or lock, increasing the risk of a motor vehicle crash.


Ford will notify vehicle owners with specific directions for locating a qualified dealership in their area who will reprogram the powertrain control module with updated software, free of charge. The recall is expected to begin May 23, 2016. Owners may contact Ford customer service at 1-866-436-7332.

S.M. Darby

S.M. Darby

I am a freelance author with over 25 years of experience as a professional, ASE certified automotive technician and shop owner, muscle car enthusiast, avid street racer, and classic car restoration specialist.