NHTSA Investigating Ford Mustang Over Erratic Manual Transmissions

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2011 Ford Mustang GT 5.0

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The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has announced it will be investigating manual transmissions on 2011 and 2012 Ford Mustangs due to a number of owner complaints.

The issue concerning the Mustangs’ transmissions is their erratic nature, with 32 customers complaining of binding gears, difficulty engaging in shifts and excessive noise and vibration. In some cases, an issue with the transmission nearly led to a crash.

The particular transmission unit is the Chinese-built Getrag MT-82 six-speed manual, which is found in more than 26,000 Mustangs from the 2011 and 2012 model years.

Since the announcement of the investigation, Ford has acknowledged that it is aware of the issue and complaints and is fully working with the government to review the matter.

If the investigation ends up leading to a recall, you can rest assure that the MotorAuthority team will update you on the matter.

[NHTSA via The Detroit News, Mustangs Daily]
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Comments (3)
  1. Regarding recalls, I hope that Motor Authority one day does a comprehensive analysis on the Toyota debacle of last year, sort of like Car and Driver did in June 2011. Their report cited research from NHTSA, US Department of Transportation, and NASA that vindicated Toyota and finally put to rest claims of faulty accelerators and the media's handling of the issue which turned it into a debacle that produced a perception of serious and entrenched quality issues. Still, articles from Motor Authority and others often bring up the issue without acknowledging this conclusive data from these reputable third parties, data that makes it clear that something was wrong with mainstream media reporting.

  2. steelersd, our sister site TheCarConnection covered the Toyota recall issue in depth. It was important to us that we covered the issue from both sides of the fence, which most other media organizations failed to.

    You can see the full coverage here - http://www.thecarconnection.com/news/toyota-recall

  3. SteelerSD, I think you're lumping us in with outlets that were convinced there was unintended acceleration. That's separate from the very real list of recalls for floor mats, sticking pedals, rusty frames and other quality issues that Toyota rightfully decided to flush out while it already was taking a PR hit. We've reported often, regularly, on the unlikelihood that unintended acceleration happened here, or if it ever has.

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