With everything else that drivers need to pay attention to on the road, the last thing they should have to worry about it whether their vehicles will malfunction and cause them to have an accident. This is a real possibility right now for some California Ford F-150 owners. The vehicle manufacturer recently issued a recall regarding an issue that could potentially lead to harm for owners and others on the road with them.

The problem involves the transmission for model years 2011 through 2013. The transmission could shift down into first gear without warning. When this happens, the driver may lose control of the vehicle. So far, the company has received five reports of accidents that the company says may be related to this problem. One of those accidents resulted in a case of whiplash, which can be more severe than people realize.

The recall affects a reported 1.26 million trucks here in the United States, including California. Anyone owning a truck that fits into this recall’s parameters should determine whether the truck requires the necessary repairs to the powertrain control software, which is said to cause the problem. If so, repairs should be sought immediately.

In the meantime, anyone in California owning one of these vehicles who suffers injuries in an accident due to this problem may have legal options for recovering the financial losses associated with it. Vehicle manufacturers owe a duty to consumers to ensure that the vehicles they produce are safe, and when that does not happen, it may be possible to pursue restitution for any damages incurred. Even though none of the crashes reported so far appears to involve serious injuries or death, that does not mean it still cannot happen.