Ford is recalling certain F-53 and F-59 stripped-chassis vehicles from the 2011 and 2012 model years to fix a transmission-selector cable that may break. The F53 chassis is typically used as a platform for motorhomes while the F59 is used in commercial trucks, such as delivery vans.
The company said the “prndl” cable that controls the transmission’s gear indicator display can break where it is attached to the transmission control selector arm on the steering column. “Prndl” stands for the park, reverse, neutral drive and low gear positions. If the cable breaks, the gear indicator display in the instrument panel will not move when the driver changes the gear position. This can prevent drivers from knowing whether the vehicle is in park or reverse, increasing the risk of a crash.
Ford said it built the affected 2011 chassis from Feb. 1, 2010, through July 1, 2011, and the 2012 models from May 10, 2011, through Oct. 25, 2011. The recall includes 13,239 vehicles.
Under the recall dealers will replace the transmission selector arm assembly and the cable free of charge. The recall is expected to begin in March. Owners can contact Ford at 866-436-7332.