1.5M Ford F-150 pickup trucks recalled over transmission problem

Ford Motor Company said Wednesday that it will recall about 1.3 million full-size pickup trucks in the U.S. to fix a software issue that could cause their automatic transmissions to abruptly downshift. The recall affects 2011-2013 Ford F-150 pickup trucks built with 6-speed automatic transmissions.

The trucks may unexpectedly downshift to first gear, which could result in loss of control or a crash. The automaker said it is aware of five crashes caused by the issue, one of which resulted in whiplash injury.

At fault is power control module software that needs to be updated to ensure communication with the transmission output sensor.