Dearborn, MI – June 18, 2022 – Ford (NYSE:F) has issued a recall for 25,032 2019 and 2020 Ford Mustangs equipped with 5.0L engines and manual transmissions. One of the most important parts of the car, the powertrain control module (PCM) may send out a faulty signal, which could disable the reverse lights, backup camera or driver-assist features, increasing the risk of a crash.
The PCM is a device that controls over 100 functions performed by the vehicle’s engine and transmission based on the information it receives from various sensors. For example, the PCM ensures that the right amount of fuel is injected into the engine and that the vehicle shifts appropriately to ensure smooth driving.
In the affected 2019 and 2020 Ford Mustang vehicles, a software error could cause the PCM to send the wrong signals, resulting in important functions – such as the rear camera, reverse lights or driver-assist features – being disabled.
The loss of the rear camera or reverse lights would reduce the driver’s ability to see behind the vehicle and increase the risk of hitting an obstacle. An error related to driver assist features could cause the transmission to shift incorrectly, disable the traction control system or prevent the forward collision warning from engaging, increasing the risk of a crash.
Drivers may notice a warning light on the dashboard, accompanied by a message that indicates which function has been disabled.
Other Ford recalls
Other Ford PCM recalls include one in April for more than 47,000 2021 F-150 pickup trucks also over a problem with the powertrain control module.
Also part of recent Ford Mustang recalls is an announcement last February involving over 330,000 vehicles for the 2015 to 2017 model years. This is in connection with faulty rearview cameras that either display a distorted image or none at all during reverse.
Dealers will update the PCM software on the affected vehicles at no charge to customers. Ford will reimburse customers for related repairs made before the recall was issued for these Ford electric issues.
Affected owners will be notified by mail between June 13, 2022 and June 17, 2022.
Is your vehicle part of this recall?
More than 25,000 vehicles are included in this Ford Mustang recall. To see if your car is affected, run a Ford recall check using MotorSafety’s free vehicle lookup tool.