Runaway Ford F-150, Expedition SUVs recalled

James Raia

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The next time you view a 2020 Ford F-150 or Ford Ranger pickup truck or Expedition sport utility vehicle rolling down the road without a driver it might be among the more than 55,000 vehicles being recalled by the manufacturer.

As the country’s best-selling vehicle, a total of 55,258 2020 Ford F-150 with 10-speed automatic transmissions as well as the 2020 Ford Expedition SUVs with the police package and 10-speed automatic transmissions are being recalled.

Ford F-150 pickup trucks and Ford Expedition SUVs are being recalled.
2020 Ford F-150 pickup trucks and Ford Expedition SUVs are being recalled.

In the affected vehicles — 55,158 vehicles in the U.S., 12,090 in Canada and 681 in Mexico — a clip that locks the gearshift cable to the transmission may not be fully seated. Vehicles for a rotary gearshift are not affected.

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According to the manufacturer, a partially seated clip may allow the transmission to be in a gear state different from the gearshift position selected by the driver. This could allow the driver to move the shifter to Park and remove the ignition key, without the transmission gear actually being in Park.

If the parking brake is not applied in those cases, the vehicle could move unintentionally, increasing the risk of injury or crash.

Ford said it is not aware of any reports of accidents or injuries related to this issue.

The affected vehicles include:

* 2020 Ford Ranger vehicles built at Michigan Assembly Plant from Feb. 28 to March 18, 2020
* 2020 Ford F-150 vehicles built at Dearborn Truck Plant from Feb. 18 to March 19, 2020, and Kansas City Assembly Plant from Feb. 21 to March 19, 2020
* 2020 Ford Expedition vehicles built at Kentucky Truck Plant from March 3 to 19, 2020.

Dealers will inspect the shift cable locking clip and properly seat it as needed. The Ford reference number for this recall is 20S18.

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