DETROIT (CBSDFW.COM/AP) — Ford is recalling nearly 1.5 million F-150 pickup trucks in North America because the transmissions can suddenly downshift into first gear.

The recall covers F-150 trucks from the 2011 through 2013 model years with six-speed automatic transmissions.

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The company says a glitch in sending a signal from the transmission speed sensor is the cause. Ford said its aware of five reports of accidents regarding this issue, including a report of a possible whiplash injury.

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Owners will be notified by letter starting March 4. Dealers will update the powertrain control software to fix the problem.

Ford’s F-Series pickup is the top-selling vehicle in the United States.

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