According to a recall study published by the U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, a ruptured hose can lead to a large brake fluid leak in roughly 1.28 million Ford Fusion and Lincoln MKZ vehicles across many model years.
The front brake jounce hoses on the recalled cars, according to Ford, have the potential to prematurely rupture and considerably increase brake fluid leakage over time. According to the research, the leak might make the brake pedal less responsive and cause a delayed descent, increasing the chance of a collision.
The NHTSA report said that the problem is present in an estimated 2% of the 1.28 million cars.
Model years 2013 to 2018 non-hybrid engine vehicles are included in the recall.
Vehicle recalls, in terms of quantity:
Fusion – 220,367 in 2013
2014 Fusion sales were 267,524 in 2015, 188,403 in 2016, 280,180 in 2017, and 211,313 in 2018.
2013 MKZ – 22,272
2014 MKZ – 22,040
15 MKZ in 2015, 16,623 in 2016, 20,709 in 2017, and 31,242 in 2018.
According to Ford, drivers may notice a difference in how the brake pedal feels and travels, and the brake fluid indication light may illuminate. The Detroit-based automaker claimed to be aware of just one accident associated with the problem but to be unaware of any injuries.