Ford Recalls 1.2 Million Cars Due to Brake Fluid Hose Issue: Get Free Replacement at Ford Dealerships

Ford is recalling more than 1.2 million cars due to an issue with their brake fluid hoses.[0] The National Highway Travel Safety Administration (NHTSA) has released a document indicating that the rupture of front brake hoses is a cause for a recall. In affected vehicles, the front brake hoses may rupture and leak brake fluid, causing an increase in brake pedal travel and extending the distance needed to stop the vehicle, thus increasing the risk of a crash.

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) recall report, a change in the brake pedal’s “feel and travel,” may be experienced by drivers, and the brake fluid warning light may light up on the vehicle’s instrument panel.[1] Furthermore, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has warned that drivers of these vehicles “may experience an increase in pedal travel together with a reduction in the rate of deceleration, increasing the risk of a crash.”[2]

The recall is for 2013-2018 Ford Fusion and Lincoln MKZ sedans produced from February 3rd, 2012, through July 19th, 2017.[3] The solution to the problem is straightforward.[2] Dealers will replace the faulty brake hose at no charge to owners. Ford has stated that owners will be notified via postal mail beginning April 17th.[4] I am hopeful that the resolution will be successful this time.[2]

Ford is also recalling about 220,000 F-150 pickups due to faulty windshield wiper arms.[5] As of January 25th, Ford reported to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) that there were 576 global incidents of windshield wiper arms either not functioning or becoming detached due to a particular condition.[6]

Between April 17th and 28th, owners of the affected vehicles should expect to receive instructions in the mail to take their automobile to either a Ford or Lincoln dealership for a complimentary hose replacement, as per the recall report.[1] If you are an owner, you can call Ford at 1-866-436-7332 and enquire about recall 23S12, or alternatively contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration at 1[7]

Front brake hoses on these vehicles are being replaced free of charge by Ford dealerships. It is predicted that letters alerting proprietors of the safety hazard will be sent out on April 17.[8] Beginning April 17th, 2023, owners should expect to receive communications from Ford.[9] This recall has the Ford reference number 23S12.

0. “Ford recalls more than 1 million cars over brake fluid issue” New York Daily News, 17 Mar. 2023,

1. “Ford recalls Focus, Lincoln MKZ cars over brake fluid issue” USA TODAY, 16 Mar. 2023,

2. “Ford Recalls 1.3 Million Fusions and MKZs, Again, For Brake Defect” Jalopnik, 16 Mar. 2023,

3. “Ford Fusion & Lincoln MKZ’s Are Being Recalled Because of Brakes” News Talk 96.5 KPEL, 17 Mar. 2023,

4. “Ford issues global recall for Fusion and Lincoln MKZ”, 17 Mar. 2023,

5. “Ford recalls 1.5 million vehicles for brake hose and windshield wiper issues” NPR, 17 Mar. 2023,

6. “Ford recalls: 1.3M Fusions, Lincoln MKZs called back for brakes” Automotive News, 16 Mar. 2023,

7. “Ford recalling over 1 million cars over brake hose issue” WABC-TV, 17 Mar. 2023,

8. “Ford recall for front brake hose issue impacts 1.2 million vehicles” WPTZ, 16 Mar. 2023,

9. “Ford Fusion, Lincoln MKZ Recalled Over Brake Hose Issue” Ford Authority, 16 Mar. 2023,