Recall Alert: Over 1.5 Million Ford Vehicles Affected by Brake Hose and Windshield Wiper Arm Issues
Ford has recently issued two separate recalls affecting over 1.5 million of its vehicles in the United States due to issues with brake hoses and windshield wiper arms.
The largest recall affects nearly 1.3 million 2013-2018 Ford Fusion and Lincoln MKZ midsize cars. According to safety regulators, the front brake hoses in these vehicles can rupture and leak brake fluid, resulting in longer stopping distances due to increased brake pedal travel. In response, Ford has announced that it will replace the hoses for affected owners, with notification letters being sent out starting April 17th. The company has already begun repairs and acknowledged that only about 2% of the vehicles are reported to experience brake hose leaks.
In a separate recall, over 222,000 2021 Ford F-150 pickups have been identified with windshield wiper arms that are prone to breakage. Owners of affected vehicles will be notified starting March 27, with dealers replacing the arms if necessary.
While the safety of drivers and passengers is paramount, widespread recalls such as these can often lead to confusion and concern from car owners who may be unfamiliar with the causes and potential repercussions of these issues. As such, we thought it would be helpful to outline some of the key details surrounding these recent Ford recalls in more detail.
Why are the Brake Hoses Rupturing and What are the Potential Risks?
While the root cause of the brake hose ruptures in affected Ford Fusion and Lincoln MKZ vehicles is yet to be determined, it is speculated that the issue stems from the material used in the hoses, which may become brittle over time. This can lead the hoses to develop cracks that ultimately result in brake fluid leakage.
If left unresolved, the brake fluid leaks in affected vehicles can increase the distance needed to bring the car to a stop, posing a threat to drivers and passengers on the road. Furthermore, as one crash has already been reported due to this issue, owners of affected vehicles are strongly advised to have their brake hoses checked and replaced as soon as possible.
How Can You Tell if Your Ford Vehicle is Affected by the Recalls?
If you own a 2013-2018 Ford Fusion or Lincoln MKZ or a 2021 Ford F-150, you can visit the Ford website to check whether your vehicle is affected by the recalls. Alternatively, you can also contact your local Ford dealership with your VIN number for confirmation.
What Should You Do if Your Vehicle is Affected by the Recalls?
If you own a Ford vehicle affected by the recent recalls, it’s important to have your car inspected as soon as possible. For those with affected brake hoses in their Fusion or MKZ, Ford will be sending out notification letters from April 17th, with a second letter being sent out once repairs parts become available. If you are experiencing any issues with your vehicle in the meantime, be sure to contact your local Ford dealership for assistance.
For owners of affected 2021 Ford F-150 pickups, notification letters will be sent out from March 27th, with dealerships offering to replace windshield wiper arms if necessary.
In conclusion, while recall announcements can lead to anxiety for car owners, it’s important to understand the causes and consequences of these issues. Ford is taking swift action to repair affected vehicles and we strongly advise anyone with an affected vehicle to take the necessary steps to have their car inspected and repaired as soon as possible. By doing so, we can all help to keep our roads safe and secure for everyone.#Ford #recalling #million #cars