A few weeks after recalling over 800,000 F-series pickup trucks due to a fire hazard, Ford has now issued another recall for about 1.48 million F-150 pickup trucks citing a transmission fault.
Models with the six-speed automatic transmission were found to downshift unexpectedly into first gear without warning. A few weeks ahead of this, the American carmaker along with its luxury wing Lincoln jointly issued much smaller recalls for the Mustang, Continental, Nautilus and Navigator.
Owners can take their F-150s to the nearest dealership and get the power control module software updated.
Ford stated that some 2011-2013 model F-150 pickup trucks with six-speed automatic transmissions could “experience an intermittent loss of the transmission output speed sensor signal to the powertrain control module”. This could, in turn, cause the vehicle to shift to lower gears. So far, a total of five accidents have been reported due to the issue. To remedy the problem, Ford has asked owners to get the power control module software updated at the nearest dealership.
This recall comes amid Ford’s works of electrifying the F-150 which was confirmed with a few spy shots that spotted the pickup plugged in at a charging station.
From what could be seen, the body of the F-150 was spotted to be higher off the frame. This deep running board might indicate that the battery will be concealed under the body as in many EVs. The automaker sold more than a million F-150 trucks worldwide in 2018, but a new breed of electric trucks could have the potential to upset things.
The deep running board might indicate that the battery will be concealed under the body as in many EVs.
While Tesla has been quiet on plans for its own pickup, new entrants such as Rivian and Atlis have already dropped their nukes confirming staggering specs that are comparable in some cases better than what F-series truck currently provide.
For instance, the Atlis XT was unveiled with a promise of 2267kg of payload and 15,857kg of towing capacity. The truck will have 381mm of ground clearance and will be able to power tools on the worksite. Rivian already has a factory and could most likely hit the market with the R1T as early as next year.
Tesla can expect a series of attacks in the coming times with major automakers around the world stepping up their game in the electric vehicle segment. This news comes a few days after General Motors announced that its subsidiary Cadillac will lead its EV plans in the coming future.