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Ford Gearboxes Unsure What Gear They're In

Ford Motor Company's latest safety campaign recalls every poorly edited movie car chase in which the driver is apparently clueless about how many gear ratios their transmission has and which one they're using at any moment.

It all comes down to a tiny clip that probably costs less than a quarter apiece but that plays the critical role of keeping the transmission connected to the shift lever. In F-150 and Expedition models with the brand's new 10-speed transmission and F-650 and F-750 trucks with a six-speed gearbox, that clip was installed improperly and could fall out.

Should that happen and the driver subsequently moves the shifter into park, the gear range indicator in the cluster would show park being engaged even though the transmission could still be in gear or in neutral and allow the truck to roll away.

In Canada, nearly 52,000 trucks are affected, plus another 292,000 in the rest of North America.

Ford's technicians will inspect the trucks to ensure the clip was properly installed (and that it's still there) so that the driver can keep track of what their truck's transmission is really up to.