What do you get when you cross the 2011 Ford Mustang and the 2012 Ford Mustang and a 6-speed transmission made in China? An official investigation by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration based upon numerous customer complaints, that’s what. Well over two-dozen Mustang owners have officially
vented filed their frustrations about unexpected inability to shift into gear on the 2011 Mustang and the 2012 Mustang, regardless of power plant (the commonality: the 6-speed manual gearbox).
What’s the basal impact here? 26,000 units, covering model years 2011 and 2012 of the Ford Mustang. The government involvement and consumer backlash impact could deal a resounding blow to the Blue Oval; not what we wanted to hear on the eve of ‘Barackalypse Now’, guys. Detroit has had its fair share of bad PR in the past few years–this one isn’t helping matters much…
Hit the jump to read the clip from Inside Line.
Inside Line report
WASHINGTON — The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration is looking into consumer complaints alleging an unexpected inability to shift into gear on 2011-’12 Ford Mustangs equipped with manual transmissions.
The investigation involves an estimated 26,000 2011-’12 Ford Mustangs.
“We will fully cooperate with the government as they review this matter,” wrote Wes Sherwood, a Ford spokesman, in response to an e-mailed query from Inside Line on Monday.
NHTSA has received 32 consumer complaints describing an inability to shift gears on acceleration in the 2011-’12 Mustang.
“Some reports allege incidents occurred while merging into high-speed traffic and others allege that incidents occurred while turning left across oncoming traffic,” said NHTSA’s defect investigations summary. “Some complainants allege that the erratic shifting behavior almost caused a collision with adjacent vehicles.”
In other documentation, NHTSA noted that the alleged defect could “result in a temporary loss of motive power.”
NHTSA has opened a preliminary evaluation to assess the scope, frequency and potential safety consequences associated with the alleged defect. Such a move is sometimes the precursor to a recall.
Inside Line says: If you own a 2011 or 2012 Ford Mustang, be aware that the feds are looking into this.
Source: Inside LineCategories: Ford, Mustang Tech, 2011 Mustang, 2012 Mustang