Recall Alerts: Ford F-Series for Brake Transmission Switch; Nissan Juke For Stalling

By Trevor Dorchies | December 15, 2011
Ford is recalling 16,091 F-Series pickup trucks over concerns of a defective brake transmission switch. This latest recall wasn't spurred by an investigation conducted by the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration but internally by Ford. Some 2011 F-150 trucks and 2012 F-250, F-350, F-450, and F-550s with a steering column mounted shifter are included in this recall. While Ford isn't legally required to include some trucks that are over 10,000 pounds it still is doing so "in the interest of safety." When a brake transmission switch is defective the driver can shift out of park without pressing their foot to the brake pedal. Ford will inspect and replace the switch free of charge to the customer. Trucks built at the Dearborn and Kansas City assembly facility from September 9 to the 22 are believed to contain the faulty switch.  The problem was discovered during "end of the line" testing at both the Kentucky and Dearborn facilities. While Ford is unaware of any accidents that have resulted because of this issue the Detroit auto maker advised all dealerships on December 6 to stop selling the trucks and inspect them.
Nissan is also bringing back 28,294 Jukes to replace a sensor bracket that may separate from an air inlet tube. Vehicles affected by this recall were assembled between April 2010 and May 2011. This is an issue because it can cause the crossover to stall and not restart. If this problem arises the Juke can slip into "fail safe" mode and a warning light with illuminate on the dashboard. If the driver ignores the warning and continues to operate the vehicle it may stall when idling, and be very difficult to restart. Dealerships have been advised to replace the air inlet tube as necessary. Owners who think they may be in possession of a tainted vehicle can call Ford at (866) 436-7332 or Nissan at (800) 647-7261. You can also contact the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration at (888) 327-4236. Source: Detroit News