Ford is recalling 261,890 vehicles in the U.S. for a spate of problems including transmission, suspension, and tire defects. The largest recall involves 184,000 models of the 2011-2012 Ford F-150, along with the 2012 Expedition, Mustang, and Lincoln Navigator. Output-speed sensors on the 6R80 automatic transmission’s lead frame, the metal connectors joined to a circuit board controlling the transmission, may suddenly force a down shift into first gear, which can cause the rear tires to slide or lock. This has caused at least 3 accidents, but no injuries. Vehicles which were built six-speed automatic are the only affected ones. Dealers will update the powertrain control module software and replace the lead frame if the module throws out trouble codes. Ford will also warranty the lead frame for 10 years or 150,000 miles from its installation date and provide one replacement if it fails again.

The 2014-2015 Ford Explorer has rear-suspension toe links that may not be welded properly. At least one accident and one injury was related to this problem. Dealers will replace both toe links and align the suspension. Police Interceptor models are also included for a total of 75,364 cars.

A conveyor may have damaged the tire sidewalls during the assembly of some F-series Super Duty trucks, which could rupture while driving. Dealers will inspect the tires for sidewall damage and replace them if needed. So far this hasn’t caused any known accidents or injuries.

Ford will replace the driver’s-side frontal airbags on 199 older sedans and SUVs, including the 2007-2012Ford Flex, Taurus, Lincoln MKS, and Mercury Sable. A “chemical enhancer” required to deploy the airbag in the second stage may also be missing (a higher force required in more severe accidents). This is a lack of protection in case a driver is involved in an accident. Dealers will replace the airbag.

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