NHTSA Opens Investigation Into Ford Mustang Transmission Issues
By Carl Malek
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has begun looking into possible transmission issues in the 2011-2012 Ford Mustang. The NHTSA has received over 32 complaints ,which claim that the transmission is unable to shift gears when the vehicle is moving at speed.
Over 26,000 manual transmission-equipped V6 and V8 powered Mustangs from 2011-2012 are affected by the NHTSA’s investigation into the matter. Many of the reports and complaints received by the NHTSA regarding this issue appear to indicate that drivers are having difficulty engaging 1st, 2nd, and 3rd gears when up-shifting and down-shifting especially when the transmission is cold. However, there are other reports that describe a grinding nosie as well as other issues with the gears when upshifts or downshifts are performed.
It is important to note that the current generation Mustang utilizes the MT82 transmission, which is made by Getrag in China. Besides seeing duty in the Ford Mustang, the MT82 is also used in the Land Rover Defender with owners of those vehicle reporting similar problems. To date, no injuries or accidents have been reported to the NHTSA, but a few close calls have occured due to the problem.
The NHTSA usually investigates a particular vehicle problem for about one year before determining whether it is necessary to upgrade the probe into a formal engineering analysis of the component in question. Typically, an NHTSA investigation ends before it reaches the engineering analysis stage. This happens when either the automaker in question issues a formal recall for the problem, or when the government is forced to end the probe due to a lack of evidence or other factors that might come up during the course of the investigation.
In a statement released to the Detroit News, Ford says that it is aware of the investigation and is willing to fully cooperate with the NHTSA in their investigation. The company also stated that they will work with the agency to find a solution to the problem.