Ford recalls over 16,000 F-Series pickups over transmission shift lock issue

2011 Ford F150 Harley Davidson

Here comes another Ford F-150 recall. The Dearborn automaker has announced that it is recalling 2011 model year F-150 vehicles built from Sept. 9, 2011 through Sept. 22, 2011. The recall also consists of F-250, F-350, F-450, F-550 Heavy Duty models manufactured from Sept. 12, 2011 to Sept. 22, 2011. In total, the recall covers 16,091 units

The NHTSA said that the vehicles fail to comply with requirements of federal motor vehicle safety standard number 114, which is theft protection. Basically, the transmission can be shifted out of park without pressing the brake pedal due to a brake shift interlock switch problem.

“This will allow the operator to inadvertently shift the vehicle into gear without the brake pedal being depressed, increasing the risk of a crash or injury to a nearby pedestrian,” the NHTSA said.

FoMoCo will start notifying customers later this month. Dealers will inspect the brake shift interlock switch and replace the switch if necessary. Owners can contact Ford at 1-866-436-7332.

– By: Omar Rana

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