Ford is recalling nearly 1.5 million pickup trucks in North America because the transmissions can suddenly downshift into first gear.
The recall — 1.26 million vehicles in the U.S. and 221,000 in Canada — covers F-150 trucks from the 2011 through 2013 model years with six-speed automatic transmissions.
The company says there’s glitch in sending a signal from the transmission speed sensor. Ford has five reports of accidents including one that caused a whiplash injury from a sudden downshift.
“Depending on vehicle speed, a downshift to first gear without warning could result in a loss of vehicle control, increasing the risk of a crash,” the company said in a statement.
Owners will be notified by letter starting March 4. Dealers will update the power-train control software to fix the problem.
Ford’s F-Series pickup is the top-selling vehicle in both Canada and United States.