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There's a lot that can go wrong in a Ford

We collect information from owners and combine it with data from NHTSA to give you a clearer picture of what breaks the most and in what vehicle generations. Oh, and there's the occasional bright spot too. Emphasis on the occasional.

Recent Ford News

The 2017 F-150 Could Remain in Gear, Even if Your Gear Shifter Says Otherwise

Ford is recalling 15,000 F-150’s from the 2017 model year. David Woods, reporting for CarComplaints.com:

The 2017 trucks are equipped with 10-speed automatic transmissions that can remain in gear no matter where the gear shift lever is positioned. Ford says a pin that attaches the transmission shift linkage to the transmission can come out, leaving the shift lever unable to change gears.

In other words, the shift lever might say “park” while the transmission is still very much in “drive.” Until the fix is ready, now would be a very good time to become friends with your parking brake.

Texas Police Officer Says Ford’s Negligence Resulted in Nerve Damage

Another day, another police officer accusing Ford of negligently poisoning them while on the job.

Austin police officer Ryan Hancock says his symptoms (nausea, headaches and vision problems ) continued the next day and caused him to seek medical help. According to the lawsuit, tests conducted at the hospital showed his symptoms were from carbon monoxide poisoning. Furthermore, the plaintiff says his nervous system has been damaged by the fumes.

Hancock is represented by Brian Chase, the same attorney repressing officer Zachary LaHood in another carbon monoxide lawsuit against the automaker.

A common theme in these lawsuits is pointing to a series of Technical Service Bulletins (TSB) which show Ford has known about the dangerous problem for years.

Consumer Group Urges Ford to Issue a Recall for Exhaust Fumes and Carbon Monoxide Problems

The free customer program may sound good to some Explorer owners, but the Center for Auto Safety says the program doesn’t go far enough and the automaker should not be allowed to get by with anything less than an official recall.

Recalls are reserved for safety-related issues. Ford obviously doesn’t think this qualifies, but in my opinion they’re wrong.

By calling it a “service campaign,” the automaker doesn’t have to follow the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s (NHTSA) rules for notifying all owners. Instead, only owners who hear about the campaign through other means will get the repairs.

The service campaign also has a deadline – December 31, 2018. While recalls aren’t open-ended, they come with a specific expiration date and are always performed within a reasonable timeframe.

Bottom line: a service campaign with an expiration date 14 months from now means less owners will hear about it → the less that hear about it, the less that get it repaired → the less that get it repaired, the more money Ford saves.