Nearly 500,000 Ford vehicles will be recalled after the company stated a problem was discovered with the brake system.
Reportedly, the problem affects 2015-2018 Ford Edge vehicles and 2016-2018 Lincoln MKX vehicles.
According to Auto Week, the root of the problem is a faulty front brake jounce hose. Reportedly, this hose can rupture and cause the vehicle to leak brake fluid.
Without sufficient fluid, the vehicles could then not brake as quickly, which can put drivers at risk for a collision.
Ford explains that drivers will know if there is a problem with their vehicle thanks to their brake warning lights that have been seen to work in this situation. Ford told drivers the warning light will come on if there is insufficient fluid in the brake fluid reservoir.
No collisions have been reported in connection with the Ford brake recall.
Auto Week notes that the problem is a fairly quick and easy fix. The news source explains that the front brake jounce hose is a “little rubber hose that connects the metal brake line to the brake caliper.” Reportedly, dealers can replace the faulty hose with a new one.
The issue was that the initial jounce hose was made with a non-suitable material, so the new, replacement hoses will reportedly be made with a different material. The new hoses will be made of a braided material that is supposedly less prone to rupturing.
Consumer Reports explains consumers will be officially notified about the Ford recall starting the week of Sept. 14, 2020. Eligible customers will be able to receive a free replacement of their front brake jounce hose from Ford dealers.
A National Highway Transportation Safety Administration campaign number has not yet been announced. However, Ford’s number for the jounce hose recall is 20S42, which consumers can use to identify the issue with Ford, according to Consumer Reports.
Fox Business goes into the details about which vehicles are affected by the Ford recall.
Reportedly, the defective vehicles were made at specific plants.
Fox Business says 2015 to 2018 Ford Edge vehicles made at the Oakville Assembly Plant in Ontario, Canada, from June 25, 2014 to Dec. 21, 2017, are affected. The affected 2016-2018 Lincoln MKX vehicles were produced at the same plant, but between Nov. 11, 2014 and Dec. 21, 2017.
Of the total vehicles recalled, 488,594 were sold in the United States and its territories, 62,876 were sold in Canada and 7,140 were sold in Mexico.
When announcing the brake jounce hose defect, Ford also announced two other recalls.
These two other recalls were much smaller than the jounce hose recall, affecting fewer vehicles.
In one instance, Ford announced that some 2020 Lincoln Corsair vehicles “may have insufficient clearance between the left and right rear coil springs and the toe link bracket.”
Reportedly, this problem could result in improper wearing. The car manufacturer explains that if there is not enough clearance between the springs and the toe link bracket, the protective coating on the springs could wear away.
This, in turn, could lead the spring to fracture and fall off of the vehicle.
The company notes that if the spring does fall off, it could hit other cars on the road, possibly causing a collision or other danger.
This recall reportedly only affects around 3,500 vehicle sold in the United States, Canada and Mexico.
The second smaller Ford recall announced affects just 431 vehicles — all 2020 Ford F-150 vehicles made at the Kansas City Assembly Plant this summer.
Allegedly, these vehicles may have an insecure connection between the positive battery cable and the starter.
Do you own one of the affected Ford vehicles? Are you concerned about safety issues? Let us know in the comments.
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