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Ford Recalls F-150: Suddenly Neutral Transmission

It’s been discovered that transmission in Ford’s F-150 can suddenly go intro neutral. Over 47,000 pickup trucks from the 2021 model year are included in the recall.

Ford F-150

Vehicles Recalled: Some 2021 Ford F-150 pickup trucks built between July 28, 2021 and December 20, 2021.

The Problem: Because of a problem with the transmission software, the vehicle may erroneously sense that the transmission fluid pressure is too low and shift into Neutral. If a problem actually existed with the transmission fluid pressure, this sequence of events would protect the transmission from damage and give the driver time to pull over.

The Fix: Ford dealerships will update the transmission software, free of charge.


How to contact the manufacturer: Ford will contact owners of affected vehicles by mail starting May 2, 2022. Owners may also contact Ford at 866-436-7332.


NHTSA campaign number: 22V188. Ford’s own number for this recall is 22S15.


Check to see whether your vehicle has an open recall: NHTSA’s website will tell you whether your vehicle has any open recalls that need to be addressed.


If you plug your car’s 17-digit vehicle identification number (VIN) into NHTSA’s website and a recall doesn’t appear, it means your vehicle doesn’t currently have any open recalls. Because automakers issue recalls often, and for many older vehicles, we recommend checking back regularly to see whether your vehicle has had a recall issued.

According to documents Ford provided to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, there have been 28 warranty claims, one customer complaint to the automaker, and one complaint to NHTSA related to this issue. There have been no related crashes or injuries.

Only vehicles with 3.5L, 2.7L and 5.0L engines that are not equipped with Auto Start-Stop technology are included in the recall. ​​All the recalled trucks have a 10R80 transmission.


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