Ford is recalling 47,084 F-150s in the U.S. and another 4,235 in Canada due to an error in the powertrain control module (PCM) that could cause the pickup to shift into neutral unexpectedly, increasing the risk of a crash.
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According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), the PCM error can activate a false code for low transmission fluid pressure, at which time owners may notice a loss of power to the wheels due to the transmission shifting into neutral. Similarly, Transport Canada reports that once the vehicle’s speed drops below three km/h, the transmission can automatically shift to park.
The recall is specific to 2021 Ford F-150s that are equipped with a 2.7L, 3.5L, or 5.0L engine, and only those without auto start-stop technology.
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How to check if your car has been recalled
Ford says turning the ignition off and on will reset the error, but owners will be notified by mail with further instructions to take the truck to a dealership to update the PCM software, free of charge. You can also check online at Transport Canada, using your VIN, to see if your truck is affected.
Transport Canada’s number for Ford’s recall is 2022-144, while the manufacturer’s recall number is 22S15. The NHTSA campaign number for the Ford recall is 22V188000.