Ford Recalls 202,000 Vehicles for Transmission Issue

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Ford Motor Co. said Wednesday it's issuing five safety recalls covering about 285,000 vehicles. 

The largest recall includes 201,900 vehicles from the 2011 and 2012 model years fora transmission issue linked to at least three accidents.

Ford F-150, Ford Expedition, Ford Mustang and Lincoln Navigator transmission issue
The Dearborn automaker has issued a safety recall for the 2011-2012 Ford F-150, and 2012 Ford Expedition, Ford Mustang and Lincoln Navigator for a potential problem with the output speed sensor in the transmission's lead frame.

The company said that in certain conditions the part can lead to a temporary downshift into first gear. Depending on how fast the vehicle is going, that could lead to an abrupt reduction in speed that could cause the rear tires to slide or lock up. 

Ford said its' aware of three accidents reported and injuries.

The affected vehicles have a 6R80 transmission in certain Ford F-150s built at Dearborn Assembly Plant and Kansas City Assembly Plant, Aug. 19, 2011 through March 9, 2012; 2012 Ford Expedition vehicles built at Kentucky Truck Plant, Aug. 19, 2011 through Dec. 19, 2011; Ford Mustang vehicles built at Flat Rock Assembly Plant, Aug. 19, 2011 through Feb. 21, 2012; and Lincoln Navigator vehicles built at Kentucky Truck Plant, Aug. 19, 2011 through Dec. 17, 2011.

Of the 201,900 affected vehicles, 184,000 are in the U.S. and 17,900 are in Canada.

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

Ford Explorer and Police Interceptor suspension toe links
The company is issuing a safety recall for about 81,000 Ford Explorer and Police Interceptor SUVs from the 2014-2015 model years to replace suspension toe links.

In some of the SUVs, the left and right toe links could fracture due to poor weld quality. The issue could lead to steering problems or a loss of steering. Ford is aware of one accident and one injury linked to the issue.

The affected SUVS were built at Chicago Assembly Plant, Jan. 17, 2014 through May 31, 2014.

Tires on F-Series Super Duty trucks
Ford said it's recalling about 2,600 Ford F-Series Super Duty trucks from the 2016 model year to inspect and replace tires, if needed. Some of the trucks could have had tires damaged by a conveyor during assembly.

The company is not aware of any accidents or injuries linked to the issue.

Dealers will inspect the tires' sidewalls for damage and, if need be, replace them at no cost. 

Airbag module in Ford Flex, Ford Taurus, Lincoln MKS and Mercury Sable
The company is also recalling about 200 Ford Flex, Ford Taurus, Lincoln MKS and Mercury Sable vehicles from the 2007-2012 model years to replace an airbag module.

The issue is unrelated to the Takata airbag recall, and does not affect primary-stage airbag deployment, the company said.

The affected vehicles were built at Chicago Assembly Plant and Oakville Assembly, Dec. 13, 2007 through Oct. 6, 2011.

Ford is not aware of any accidents or injuries related to the issue. Dealers will replace the driver airbag module for free. 

Ford Fusion seat track
And finally, Ford is issuing a safety compliance recall for about 40 Ford Fusion cars from the 2016 model year to replace the driver seat track assembly. Some of the cars could have a seat track that was improperly welded, leading to reduced seat track strength, Ford said.

The affected Fusions were built at Ford's Hermosillo Assembly Plant, March 10, 2016 through March 16, 2016.

Dealers will replace the seat tracks for free.

Wondering if your vehicle is affected by a recall? You can plug your vehicle identification number into NHTSA's VIN lookup at vinrcl.safercar.gov/vin/.

This article originally appeared on MLive

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