Ford Recalls 52k F250 Pickups Over Rollaway Risks
Ford Motor Company has issued a recall for the new 2017 Ford F250 Super Duty pickups powered by the 6.2L gasoline engine over a concern that it could roll away when the driver shifts to park and leaves the vehicle. As you might imagine, having a 6,000lb Super Duty coasting down the street or through a neighbor’s yard poses a very real threat of causing an accident or injury should it hit anything. Because of this possible rollaway risk, the Motor Company is getting all of these trucks back to the dealership for repairs.
2017 Ford F250 Transmission Recall
This new recall pertains specifically to 2017 F250 pickups powered by the 6.2L, gasoline V8 and the 6-speed automatic transmission. In these trucks, there could be a damaged park rod actuating plate in the transmission and a truck with this problematic component might not fully shift into Park when the driver moves the shift level to Park. Instead, the shifter will indicate that the F250 is in Park, but the mechanical components in the transmission could fail, leaving the truck in a moving gear.
Should a 2017 Ford F250 with the damaged park rod actuating plate be parked on a grade and the transmission does not mechanically go into Park, the truck could roll away once left unattended. Ford points out that this problem can be completely avoided simply by using the parking brake, but with so many careless drivers pointlessly ignoring the parking brake – the chances of this problem are higher than they should be.
This recall includes “certain” 2017 F250 Super Duty pickups built at the Kentucky Assembly Plant between October 9th, 2015 and March 30th, 2017 – all of which have the 6.2L gasoline V8 and the 6-speed automatic transmission. In total, there are 52,608 vehicles included in this North American recall, with 48,421 in the US and another 4,187 in Canada.
Fortunately, Ford points out that there have been no accidents or injuries caused by a free-rolling 2017 F250 Super Duty, but with the possibility of a runaway heavy duty pickup – the company is making the quick move to get these trucks back to dealerships for repairs.
The owners of these 2017 F250 pickups will be contacted by Ford and asked to bring the truck to their local dealerships for repairs. Once there, a technician will inspect the park rod actuating plate for proper function and if something isn’t right – they will replace the part, free of charge.