DETROIT May 5 Ford Motor Co is recalling
almost 4,000 commercial versions of its F-Series full-size
pickup truck, mostly in the United States, because they could
slip into reverse and increase the risk of a crash, according to
documents filed with U.S. safety regulators.
The No. 2 U.S. automaker is recalling 3,976 of F-250, F-350,
F-450 and F-550 Super Duty trucks from model year 2015 that are
equipped with 6.2 liter gasoline or 6.7 liter diesel engines,
and 6R140 transmissions because a transmission control software
error could cause the vehicle to engage "reverse" for 1-1/2
seconds when the driver believes he or she is shifting from
"park" to "drive," according to the company and documents filed
with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
Of those, 3,973 were sold in the United States, according to
the NHTSA documents.
A Ford spokeswoman said no accidents or injuries have been
reported in relation to the issue, which according to NHTSA
documents was discovered on March 26 at the company's Kentucky
truck assembly plant.
Ford will notify owners and dealers will update the software
free of charge, according to NHTSA documents. The recall is
expected to begin in early May, according to NHTSA documents.
(Reporting by Ben Klayman; Editing by Chizu Nomiyama)