Ford recalls 202K pickups, SUVs, cars to fix transmissions

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Depending on the speed of the vehicle at the time of the downshift, the driver could experience an abrupt speed reduction that could cause the rear tires to slide or lock up.

Ford said it knows of three accidents but no injuries caused by drivers losing control of their vehicle when that happened.

Dealers will inspect the vehicles and fix them at no cost.

Dealers will check the powertrain control module for trouble codes and update the software. If trouble codes are present they'll replace the part that houses the speed sensor.

What Owners Should Do: The automaker did not immediately announce an owner-notification schedule.

Ford Motor Co. has issued five recalls involving more than 285,000 vehicles.

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The next recall affects 2014-2015 Ford Explorer models built from January 17, 2014, through May 31, 2014, and Police Interceptor Utility vehicles built from January 21, 2014, through May 13, 2014. In some cases, it is possible that the left and right rear suspension toe links could fracture due to poor weld quality.

Ford is also issuing a safety recall for approximately 2,600 2016 Ford F-Series Super Duty vehicles to inspect and replace tires as needed.

Dealers will replace the links. Trucks built within that timeframe may have tires damaged on a conveyor belt, potentially weakening the sidewall and increasing the likelihood of a tire failure. Some of the cars could have a seat track that was improperly welded, leading to reduced seat track strength, Ford said.

The largest recall includes 201,900 vehicles from the 2011 and 2012 model years fora transmission issue linked to at least three accidents. Only about 40 vehicles sold in the USA are believed to be affected.

"The only injury is in a recall of police vehicles that could have suspension problems".

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