Washington, DC—(ENEWSPF)—December 15, 2011.
Summary: Ford is recalling certain model year 2011 F-150 vehicles manufactured from September 9, 2011, through September 22, 2011, and model year 2012 F-250, F-350, F-450 and F-550 heavy duty vehicles manufactured from September 12, 2011, through September 22, 2011. These vehicles fail to comply with the requirements of Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard Number 114, “Theft Protection.” The transmission can be shifted out of the park position without pressing the brake pedal due to brake shift interlock switch problem.
Consequence: This will allow the operator to inadvertently shift the vehicle into gear without the brake pedal being depressed, increasing the risk of a crash or injury to a nearby pedestrian.
Remedy: Ford will notify owners, and dealers will inspect the brake shift interlock switch function and replace the switch if necessary, free of charge. The Safety Recall is expected to begin on or about December 19, 2011. Owners may contact the Ford Motor Company Customer Relationship Center at 866-436-7332.
Notes: Owners may also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s Vehicle Safety Hotline at 888-327-4236 (TTY 800-424-9153), or go to http://www.safercar.gov.