2020 Ford F-150 and Ranger recalled for unintended gear shift

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Ford is recalling certain 2020 Ranger and 2020 F-150 pickups over concerns that the trucks may not be in the gear actually selected by the driver.

A gearshift cable running to the transmission may not be fully seated causing 2020 Ranger, 2020 F-150 and 2020 Expedition SUVs with a column-shift 10-speed automatic to possibly shift into an unintended gear. Vehicles with a rotary gear shift knob are not affected.

Over time, a partially seated clip may allow the transmission to be in a gear 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 is not aware of any reports of accident or injury related to this condition.

This action affects 55,158 vehicles in the United States and federal territories, 12,090 in Canada and 681 in Mexico.

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.