Recall issued for 1.3 million Ford Fusions and Lincoln MKZs over potential brake fluid leak
According to National Highway Traffic Safety, Ford has issued a safety recall for 1.28 million Fusion and Lincoln MKZ sedans sold in the U.S. because faulty brake fluid hoses can burst, requiring vehicles to stop longer. occurs and “increases the risk of a crash,” according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. Safety Administration. The affected vehicles are about 1.2 million Ford Fusions built between 2013 and 2018, and about 113,000 Lincoln MKZs from the same model years.
NHTSA said in a Document detailing the memory An estimated 2% of affected vehicles are defective. Owners of recalled vehicles “will be notified by mail and instructed to take their vehicle to a Ford or Lincoln dealer for necessary repairs,” NHTSA added. That the notification letters are “expected to be completed by April 28, 2023.”
NHTSA said owners will not be charged for the repairs.
According to the federal agency, the hose carrying brake fluid on the affected vehicles may rupture due to normal wear and tear associated with interaction with the suspension and steering hardware, causing “a progressive brake fluid leak.”
In cars with leaks, drivers may find themselves depressing the brake pedal further under their feet, “with reduced acceleration, increasing the risk of a crash.”
In addition to changes in the braking behavior of affected vehicles, NHTSA said the brake fluid warning light on the dashboard may illuminate if a leak is detected.
This isn’t the first brake-related recall for Ford in recent years. About a year ago exactly, Auto Dev recalled about 215,000 pickup trucks and large SUVs. Due to a possible brake fluid leak in the US and Canada.
The recall covered some 2016 to 2018 F-150 pickups, as well as the 2016 and 2017 Ford Expedition and Lincoln Navigator SUVs.
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