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Ford Has Issues with Parked Vehicles and Keys Removed Moving On Their Own – RECALL

Ford Has Issues with Parked Vehicles and Keys Removed Moving On Their Own – RECALL

Joseph Coupal - Friday, April 13, 2018

Seems to me Ford has an issue with keeping their vehicles from moving forward when it should not. I’ve had personal experience with a wonky Ford that scared the heck out of me! This time, however, it’s parked and the keys have been removed from the ignition! I’m on the fence if that’s as scary as my incident was.

Picture this. I was driving to work in downtown Albany, NY and it’d been snowing for days; but NYSDOT had done a great job clearing the streets. I’m sitting at a stoplight waiting to take a left that would have me traveling down a slight hill, when suddenly my Ford Thunderbird – brand new at the time – literally took off! This center left lane – triple lane – I was sitting in was already facing the left curve of the street so my wheel was slightly turned left. There were cars on both sides of me and the light just happened to turn green when my car became possessed.

I eventually, after a couple of seconds really, put both feet on the brake pedal but that car didn’t stop, it accelerated! And there it was, a big ole CTDA bus. Sitting there just waiting for me to slam my passenger side right into the driver’s side. I don’t know how I was able to maneuver that car in the slush, but I did it. I remember such a sigh of relief and then it took off again right through the next red stoplight! I have no clue why I did it, but I turned the radio, defrost, and the wipers off in a panic. I don’t know if the demon riding shotgun that morning lost its mojo when I did and it’s what caused the car to come to a stop, but I was so relieved. It had me shaking for hours! What do you think I did? Took it to the shop for repair? Nope. I went straight to the dealership after work and told them I wanted to sell my car! I wanted NOTHING to do with it! Very scary episode, which btw, the salesman definitely didn’t believe my story.

Now I see today, that approximately 350,000 vehicles are being recalled due to faulty transmission gears. The recall applies to some of Ford’s 2018 models including Expedition SUVs and F-150 pickup trucks. The issue causing Ford’s decision is when the driver puts the vehicle in park, turns the ignition off, and removes the keys, some SUVs and F-150s actually move; and there’s been one reported accident resulting in injury. The cause of some of these models “moving on their own” problems is possibly a cable clip that locks the gearshift may come loose or it could be a missing transmission roll pin resulting in some of these vehicles not shifting into park successfully.

All vehicle models in the recall – additional models included:

  • 2018 Ford F-150 vehicles built at the Dearborn Assembly Plant from January 5, 2017, to February 16, 2018
  • 2018 Ford F-150 vehicles built at the Kansas City Assembly Plant from January 25, 2017, to February 16, 2018
  • 2018 Ford Expedition vehicles built at the Kentucky Truck Plant from April 3, 2017, to January 30, 2018
  • 2018 Ford F-650 and F-750 vehicles built at the Ohio Assembly Plant from April 25, 2017, to March 9, 2018

If you own one of these vehicles, you can take it to a certified mechanic at a Ford dealer and they’ll do an inspection and make any repairs needed for free. What do I think I would do based on my own personal experience with Ford? Sell your car! Now!

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