Automobile Defect Expert WitnessesAn automobile company recalled nearly 1.5M trucks that could downshift without warning and cause owners to crash. The February 13, 2019, announcement includes 2011-13 vehicleswith 6-speed automatic transmission. The automobile company states that one of their vehicles could experience a problem when sending a signal from the transmission speed sensor. describes the problem:

The automobile company is recalling certain late-models with six-speed automatic transmissions. Some vehicles can experience an intermittent loss of the transmission output speed sensor to the powertrain control module. These vehicles may unexpectedly downshift into first gear, regardless of vehicle speed. Obviously, this issue could cause drivers to lose control of the vehicle. There have been five reports of accidents related to the issue, with one report citing whiplash.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration is charged with writing and enforcing Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standards. NHTSA opened an investigation into the vehicles unexpected transmission downshift on December 25, 2017.  NHTSA action number RQ17010 is an open investigation. The investigation summary announced:

In March of 2016 the automobile company launched safety recall 16V-248 to address unexpected transmission downshifts to 1st gear occurring on certain model year 2011-2012 vehicles. An unexpected downshift to 1st gear can cause the vehicle to slow down suddenly and without warning. This can also cause the rear tires to skid or lock up, increasing the risk of a crash. The automobile company recalled vehicles built between certain production dates to address this defect.

The Office of Defects Investigation (ODI) has received 123 reports concerning the automatic transmission unexpectedly downshifting into a lower gear without input since the launch of 16V-248 on model year 2011-2013 vehicles. Many reports claim the vehicle was not covered under 16V-248 despite having the same symptoms. Additionally, some reports indicate that the remedy was not effective. ODI has received 2 reports of crashes and no injuries.

ODI has opened this investigation to further analyze the scope, frequency and consequence of the alleged incidents.

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