Turns Out The Ford F-250 Can Roll Away With The Transmission In Park

Ford has been issuing a number of recalls lately, and this new one is the third in just a week. This time, however, the affected vehicle is the 2017 F-250 powered by the 6.2-liter V8 engine. According to the automaker, approximately 52,600 brand-new F-250s are being recalled for what’s being described as “unintended vehicle movement while in park.” Yes, the latest F-250’s automatic transmission isn’t functioning properly. Shifting into ‘Park’ doesn’t mean, in this case, remaining stationary. How did this happen, exactly?

Ford says “a damaged park rod actuating plate might not achieve mechanical park within the automatic transmission after the driver moves the shift lever to park.” Until owners bring their trucks to a dealership for a replacement park rod actuating plate, Ford advises these people to use the parking brake at all times when shifting the vehicle into park. You know, in order to prevent it from rolling away. So far no accidents or injuries have been reported, but clearly Ford isn’t taking any chances. The previous recalls involved a possible engine fire in the turbocharged 1.6-liter four-cylinder, which powers a few popular models, such as the Fiesta ST, and a door latch issue. Altogether, Ford recalled nearly 500,000 vehicles last week.