Two Ways of Rolling Away: Ford Doubles Up on 10-speed-related Recalls

Steph Willems
by Steph Willems

Ford Motor Company is calling back nearly 350,000 trucks and SUVs in North America to prevent possible rollaway incidents. The issue — one we’ve grown used to as of late — involves drivers thinking they’ve shifted into park while the vehicle is actually still in gear.

However, this recall isn’t the fault of confused drivers not understanding their newfangled shift levers or dials. There’s a real, physical problem here.

According to the automaker, a gearshift cable clip may become unseated or dislodged, resulting in the transmission being in a gear different than the one indicated by the position of the shift lever. This situation could see drivers exit their cars while the vehicle is still in reverse, neutral, or drive. Ford claims there would be no warning chime to alert drivers to the issue, and an occupant would still be able to remove the key from the ignition.

The vehicles involved in the recall are 2018 Ford F-150s and Expeditions with 10-speed automatic transmissions, along with Ford F-56- and 750s from the same model year. The larger trucks contain six-speed automatics. All told, the recall covers 347,425 vehicles in North America, 292,909 of them in the United States. Notifications will be sent out starting on April 16th.

In the interim, owners of these models are advised to use their parking brake to ensure the vehicle stays stationary. One incident and one injury is associated with the problem.

While the callback covers a lot of vehicles, it isn’t the only rollaway-related recall on Ford’s plate this week. A separate recall covers just 161 vehicles from the 2018 model year. This one involves the Ford F-150, Expedition, Lincoln Navigator, and Ford Mustang — each one equipped with a 10-speed automatic.

In this recall, a roll pin that attaches the park pawl rod guide cup to the transmission case might go missing, resulting in the vehicle losing its “park” function. Again, there would be no indication — via chimes or any other warning — than anything was amiss. No injuries have been recorded with this fault.

Look, that parking brake is your friend, folks.

[Image: Ford Motor Company]

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  • Akear Akear on Apr 07, 2018

    Ford trucks and SUV are of poor quality. They should stick to cars. Ford - what a disgrace.

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    • EBFlex EBFlex on Apr 08, 2018

      @Carlson Fan Fleet sales and misleading ads. We know that, collectively, people are very stupid in this country and Ford truck sales prove that.

  • Brandloyalty Brandloyalty on Apr 07, 2018

    I bought a Ford because at the time they were the only ones making a smallish hybrid suv with awd. The hybrid system has been fine. The rest of it has been the least reliable vehicle I've ever owned. (And I've owned a Chysler car.) Two failues in the steering system alone, either of which could have been fatal and only one of which was eventually recalled. Never again.

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    • Brandloyalty Brandloyalty on Apr 09, 2018

      @Scoutdude Thanks for explaining those things. I appreciate it. Maybe if I watch the Weber videos enough I can fully understand how the Escape's eCVT works. As for regeneration from the rear wheels I had understood why this is not easy to do with an electric rear motor, but I hadn't realized it would be easier to do with the Escape's setup. Presumably the components involved would have to be engineered to take forces in both directions. (Edit: but that's exactly what they do in reverse.) And of course such a provision would be absent from the fwd Hybrids. Maybe they already had their hands full designing the hybrid, and the mileage gain was already impressive enough without this enhancement. But some day I expect awd hybrids will regen from both ends. I wonder what the awd Teslas do? As it is, when normal braking is done with the Escape Hybrid, most braking is regen through the front wheels. The rear brakes are applied a little for stability. The energy involved in the rear braking is completely lost. So when the situation makes sense, I downshift to lose or control speed. This forces light regen if the battery has capacity. Some energy is lost by the higher engine revs, but none is lost by the rear brakes. My experimentation shows that downshifting recaptures more energy than using the brake pedal. I think this is why hybrids etc. are increasingly equipped to regen brake as you lift the throttle. Because it helps mileage a bit. I think there is a concern that if this system is too aggressive, it could result in locking the front wheels on a slippery surface. Though I guess the ABS could be connected to the regen system.

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